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Court finds four guilty in TAMIN murder case

A city court found four persons, including a woman, guilty in the murder of former Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd Chairman Saravanan, his wife and a maid servant in November 2008 and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

Chennai: A city court found four
persons, including a woman, guilty in the murder of former
Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd (TAMIN) Chairman Saravanan, his wife
and a maid servant in November 2008 and sentenced them to life
imprisonment.

"The triple murder committed by the accused in a diabolic
manner with a pre-planned method in pursuance of a conspiracy
is one of the gravest crimes," Fast Track Court V Judge G
Savithri said.

Stating that no leniency could be shown in the sentences
in such crimes, the Judge termed the murder as "one of the
rarest of rare cases as it is a triple murder for gain."

Citing the Supreme Court, she said since the case was
based on circumstantial evidence "capital punishment is not a
just sentence." The accused are not entitled to any reduction
in their sentences, the judge said.

Pointing out that the homicidal death of Saravanan, his
wife Kasturi and maid servant Anbarasi was made clear from the
medical records, the Judge noted that the convicts had lurked
near the house of the victims and entered it with the
intention of theft.

According to the prosecution, the first and second
accused Yasim alias Mohammad Yasim and Udhaya Kumar entered
the house on the night of November 19, 2008 armed with knives.

That they had murdered the inmates and committed theft
was also proved by the evidence of the prosecution witnesses
by circumstantial evidence, the judge said.

"The crimes have been committed in pursuance of a
conspiracy is elicited through prosecution witnesses," the
judge said, adding all the charges against them have been
proved beyond reasonable doubt.

"They are guilty of all the respective charges against
them," she said and sentenced them under other IPC sections
like trespass, criminal conspiracy and acts committed by
persons in furtherance of a common cause. She slapped them
with a fine of Rs 31,000 each.

All the sentences will run concurrently.
While the retired bureaucrat Saravanan (74) was found
murdered in the kitchen on the first floor of his bungalow,
Kasturi (73) and Anbarasi (17) were found dead in the
bedroom.

PTI