Varghese killing: Former IG files appeal in HC

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 00:47

Kochi: Former IGP K Lakshmana, sentenced
to life by a CBI court here for the `brutal` killing of Naxal
leader A Varghese in police action four decades ago, today
moved the Kerala High Court challenging the trial court
judgement.

He contended that there were serious infirmities in
the CBI court judgement and contradictions in the evidence of
witnesses.

Without any substance, the court had convicted and
sentenced him, he submitted in his appeal.

The CBI court last week convicted Lakshmana (74) of
murder charges in the case relating to the killing of
Varghese, who was shot dead by police in the forests of Waynad
on February 18, 1970 in what they described as `encounter`
death.

Convicting Lakshmana, judge S Vijay Kumar had observed
that death of Varghese in police encounter was `an advance
defence moulded as a pretext to commit the crime`.

Lakshmana had told the CBI court he was in his
seventies and pleaded for maximum leniency and humanitarian
consideration.

The case was revived a few years ago after the first
accused, CRPF constable P Ramachandran Nair, confessed in 1998
that he had shot Varghese at the behest of Lakshmana, then
DYSP.

Lakshmana was also an accused in the infamous Rajan
murder case, relating to the death of the Calicut Regional
Engineering college student who disappeared after being taken
into custody by police for suspected links with Naxalites on
March one, 1976. He was later acquitted.

-PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 00:47

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