Varghese killing: Former IG files appeal in HC



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