//Appeal of former Dy.SP admitted

Appeal of former Dy.SP admitted

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday admitted an appeal filed by former Deputy Superintendent of Police Shaji, who has been awarded life imprisonment in the Praveen murder case by the Kottayam sessions court.

Call for records

The Bench comprising Justices J. B Koshy and V. Ramakumar called for records relating to the case from the sessions court. The case relates to the murder of a 24-year-old youth, Praveen, by the first accused, Shaji, and four of his accomplices on the night of February 15.

The motive behind the murder was the alleged illicit relationship between the victim and the wife of the first accused. The prosecution case was that that the youth was strangled and his body was hacked into pieces and thrown at different places. The murder came to light after the local people found a severed leg in a rivulet near Kumarakom. Later, other parts were also fished out from different places.

Of the five accused in the murder, Priyan, Sunil and Saji, other accused, are still absconding.

Hindu, Jan 12, 2006