Law Minister P. Rajeeve terms the court’s decision unusual. Satheesan blames prosecution and the LDF government’s ’tacit understanding with the Sangh Parivar’ for the acquittal


The State government has decided to file an appeal against the Kasaragod Principal Session Court’s acquittal of three accused in the case pertaining to the murder of madrasa teacher Mohammed Riyas Maulavi inside a mosque in 2017.

Law Minister P. Rajeeve told mediapersons here on Sunday that the court’s decision to acquit the accused was unusual. “It is doubtful whether the court’s findings are sufficient to acquit the accused. The Director General of Prosecution and the Home department are taking steps to file an appeal. The police carried out a flawless investigation into the murder and nabbed all the accused in a very short time. The investigation team filed the chargesheet within 90 days and produced circumstantial and scientific evidence that in normal circumstances would have led to conviction. It is no small matter that the accused had to spend seven years in jail,” said Mr. Rajeeve.

‘Prosecution lauded’

He said the victim’s family as well as the action council members had lauded the prosecution’s efforts in the case. However, action council members who attended the trial daily had said that there were things in the judgment that even the defense did not claim. Police intervention in the case also put an end to the communal tension that used to prevail in the Kasaragod district till then, said Mr. Rajeeve. He also slammed the Opposition for blaming the government for the acquittal.

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