Kerala top cop convicted in Naxal Varghese case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 15:42
Kochi: Forty years after Naxal leader A Varghese was killed, a CBI Special Court here Wednesday found former IGP K Lakshmana guilty of murder in the encounter killing case but acquitted former DGP P Vijayan.

Varghese was gunned down by police in the Thiruvenlli forests in Kerala's Wayanad district on February 18, 1970 in what was described as an "encounter" death.

Delivering the judgement, CBI Special court Judge S Vijay Kumar said the first accused in the case, late CRPF constable P Ramachandran Nair had murdered Varghese on the command of Lakshmana, the second accused, who was then Deputy Superintendent of Police.

The judge convicted Lakshmana, who is in his eighties, of the offence under Sect 302 (murder) read with Sect 34 (common intention) of IPC but acquitted P Vijayan, giving him the benefit of doubt.

Lakshmana and Vijayan, who came in a wheelchair, were present in court when the judgement was read out.

The quantum of sentence will be delivered tomorrow. Immediately after the verdict, Lakshmana was taken to the sub-court at Ernakulam.

83-year-old Vijayan, who was SP Kozhikode when the incident occurred, told reporters he was happy with the verdict. The case made headlines a few years ago after Ramachandran Nair confessed in 1998 that he had shot Varghese at the behest of Vijayan and Lakshamana.

"Truth by its very nature does not yield to be kept hidden for ever. Truth which has been hitherto hidden as covered by the glitter of golden plate, has by now, though belatedly, been discovered. Truth triumphs; Truth alone," the Judge observed.

"For the present purpose no more evidence is needed, it is proved beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt that Varghese was brutally killed by the first accused who was a stooge at the hands of Lakshamana, who on his order brought about his plan."

"It is thus satisfied that the theory of death of Varghese in police encounter is an advance defence moulded as a pretext to commit the crime," the court held.

Available evidence in this case has withstood the test of time and has convincingly proved the complicity of Lakshamana. Equally the evidence is also not sufficient to prove the involvement of third accused, P Vijayan beyond reasonable doubt, the court said.


First Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 15:42

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