Beedi baron sentenced to 39 yrs imprisonment

Court also levied a fine of Rs 80 lakh on Nisham, out of which Rs 50 lakh would be given to the family of the deceased security guard, whom Nisham murdered last January

Thrissur: A local court yesterday sentenced Kerala beedi baron Mohammed Nisham, convicted for killing a security guard in a fit of rage by mowing him down with a Hummer, to 39 years of imprisonment. The court also levied a fine of Rs 80.30 lakh on Nisham.

Mohammad Nisham being taken to court yesterday. Pics/PTI
Mohammad Nisham being taken to court yesterday. Pics/PTI 

In a 150-page judgement, First Additional District and Sessions Judge K P Sudheer pronounced the verdict sentencing Nisham (40) to life imprisonment, besides an additional 24 years imprisonment for various offences under the IPC.

Chandrabose’s mother speaks to media persons following Nisham’s sentencing
Chandrabose’s mother speaks to media persons following Nisham’s sentencing

The court found him guilty for the brutal manner in which the 51-year-old security guard Chandrabose was beaten up and mowed to death on January 29 last year. The judge also directed that the deceased guard’s wife, Jamanthi, be paid R50 lakh from the fine collected and asked the prosecution to launch proceedings against Nisham’s wife Amal, a witness who turned hostile.

“He is likely to be behind the bars for 39 years,” said Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) C P Udayabhanu, adding that Nisham will have to undergo life imprisonment under section 302 (murder) and additional 24 years under various sections of the IPC, including 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 427 (committing mischief). Nisham, whose business earnings are, reportedly worth over Rs 5,000 crore, was composed when the verdict was pronounced. He was later taken to the Kannur central jail. Arguing that it was a rarest of the rare case, the prosecution demanded death sentence for the convict and a compensation of R5 crore for the deceased guard’s family, which the court turned down.

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