Kerala: 2 years after he rammed Hummer into guard, beedi tycoon gets life term

Muhammad Nisham, a beedi tycoon had rammed his Hummer SUV into a security guard leading to the latter's death two weeks later

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 22, 2016 1:14 am
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A court in Thrissur on Thursday sentenced beedi tycoon Muhammad Nisham to rigorous life imprisonment and another 24 years in jail for causing the death of a security guard with his Hummer at the Sobha City apartments last year. The 39-year-old businessman, reportedly with assets worth Rs 5,000 crore, will also have to pay a fine of Rs 80.30 lakh of which Rs 50 lakh is to be paid to the widow of the victim, K Chandrabose.

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Quoting the verdict of judge K P Sudheer, special public prosecutor C P Udayabhanu said the life term served for murder and 24 years of jail term for other six offences would run consecutively. The appellate courts have to uphold the quantum of punishment.

Nisham was convicted under sections of 302, 326, 323, 324,427,449 and 506(1) of IPC.

The court also asked the prosecution to initiate criminal procedures against Nisham’s wife Amal on charges of perjury. Amal, who had been a prosecution witness, had earlier given a statement to the magistrate that she had seen injured Chandrabose in the Hummer SUV of her husband. Later, during the trial, Amal turned hostile.

Also read: The story of Muhammad Nisham – From Rajdoot to Hummer

Reacting to the verdict, Chadrabose’s wife Jamanthi said the culprit should have been hanged. “We did not get justice. We are not enthused to hear about the compensation ordered to be paid to us. It was not an accident. He ran the vehicle into my husband. When he tried to escape, Nisham crushed him against a concrete wall using his vehicle. We are not satisfied by the verdict,’’ said Jamanthi, who was given the job of a lower division typist with a public sector firm in Thrissur after Chandrabose’s death.

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Nisham’s family members also said they would move an appeal in the High Court as the trial court did not look into the attack against Nisham.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the prosecution was asked to move an appeal seeking maximum punishment for the culprit.

This has been one of the most sensational cases in Kerala in recent years. Nisham is the managing director of Tamil Nadu-based King Beedi Co. Apart from being a prominent tobacco supplier, he had business interests ranging from a hotel in Dubai to jewellery businesses in the Middle East and Kerala (King’s Jewellers in Triprayar, Thrissur) to real-estate. He owned a fleet of 18 imported cars, including Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Road Ranger, Ferrari and Jaguar. Nisham had faced several traffic offences connected with these massive vehicles.

However, Nisham’s return from a late night party in Thrissur to his apartment at Sobha City on the night of January 29, 2014 in his Hummer SUV was the beginning of the fall of the powerful businessman. Nisham rammed his SUV into Chandrabose and pinned him against a concrete wall, reportedly over a delay in opening the gates of Sobha City.

After ramming him against a wall, he dumped Chandrabose at the back of the Hummer and drove to the parking area of the apartment complex, where he further assaulted him. Nisham prevented others from taking the victim to the hospital. Later, the police, who reached on being alerted by the Sobha City staff, rushed Chandrabose to Amala Hospital in Thrissur where he died two weeks later. Nisham was then charged with murder.

The attack leading to the security guard’s death exposed the criminal history of Nisham, who had allegedly been involved in 11 cases, but managed to escape prosecution. He had enjoyed clout among leaders of all political parties and police officials.

While an undertrial in the murder case, Nisham was listed as a goon after the state police slapped relevant sections of the Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act. Accordingly, he was consigned to jail without any trial for six months.

Nisham moved a bail plea in the Supreme Court which was rejected with the court observing that the case showed the rich were becoming egocentric.

When the trial began, prime prosecution witness K C Anoop, a colleague of Chandrabose, turned hostile. He said he had not seen Chandrabose being hit by the vehicle driven by Nisham. The statement triggered a ruckus, forcing Anoop to correct it. When the trial resumed, Anoop told the court that he had diluted his statement under duress from Nisham’s family, and went back to the original version in which he said he had seen Chandrabose being attacked by Nisham.

The case also triggered ripples in the police department. Former Kerala DGP K S Balasubramaniam faced allegations that he tried to protect Nisham. Then Thrissur city police commissioner Jacob Job was suspended for a secret meeting with Nisham.

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    Amit
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    जूते मारो माँ दर चो द खुजलीवाल को
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      Rupee.still.has.value
      Jan 21, 2016 at 5:42 pm
      He should have joined BJP like Salman Khan. See Salman khan paid a visit to BUTCHER MODI before his election, did photo ops and NOW HE HIMSEL DORS NOT KNOW WHO WAS IN THE CAR, LEAVE ALONE THE B@5TARD JUDGE!!
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        Rajesh
        Jan 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm
        He is a Muslim. So I welcome that verdict. And I am a deable brahmin.
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          Harry Achari
          Jan 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm
          People do not need to bring politics or religion into it. Focus on the incident only. It is stupid to blame central or state government. It all about the punishment. In my opinion Muhammad does not deserve such punishment. We have to break the chain of slavery of religion and hate politics and jealousy. check this punishment if Muhammad deserve such life term as it was not an intended murder. Kerala need more Muhammad like tycoon for job and wealth creation. 5 years jail tee and 1 crore compensation to victims family could be fair so that this young tycoon can continue his business. No blah blah please. It is not the matter of rich or poor but of justice.
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            Lproud to
            Jan 21, 2016 at 8:26 pm
            Will see how long for prison what going to be next bail what after out to jail and date after date after date another 20 year case run. And free out to run over case and money win that is indian law always
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              Mike
              Jan 21, 2016 at 7:19 pm
              He deserves to br hanged-an arrogant fool
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                Romik
                Jan 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                Will he be allowed to sell "bidis" in prison?
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                  Varun Chaitwal
                  Jan 21, 2016 at 9:45 am
                  he will appeal to High court in a few minutes. then he will appeal to supreme court then he'll peion President then he'll peion allah!!
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                    Indian Citizen
                    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:22 am
                    Shut up a**. Mind ur language first Rajesh .
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                      Indian Citizen
                      Jan 21, 2016 at 8:21 am
                      good job judiciary
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                        ab
                        Jan 21, 2016 at 11:23 am
                        In the west this would be seen as an action by a terrorist. Muslims sadly have very low respect for life, even of other Muslims, because they live in a make believe world all the time which falsely teaches them that complete faith in their version of God can cancel even the worst of crimes. Which is why the worst of their criminals are also their most "religious" ones. This is not from their original book, but a later stupid Shariah theory, along with many other Shariah theories.
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                          sunny
                          Jan 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                          in modis bjp raj who ever speaks truth are anti national or mad
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                            sunny
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                            persons responsible for delhi riots mumbai riots and deadly gujrat macare of 2002 where thousands of people were killed not a single person is convicted and over here killing one perosn by accident he gets life india BIASED LAW india is tolerant BUT BJP IS IN TOLERANT
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                              Sraddhadeva Joshey
                              Jan 21, 2016 at 10:09 am
                              Sanjeev Nanda and Alistair Pereira also hit-and-run case convict. Suresh Nanda ran over six people, including three police officers. He was sentenced to two years in prison only. Alistair Pereira killed Seven people. Pereira was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail Bombay High Court then increased the sentence to three years Pereira appealed in Supreme Court, and was given bail in 2007
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                                Sraddhadeva Joshey
                                Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 am
                                victim's family has no problem with salmaan. Salmaan is taking care of victims family.
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                                  Anand Mohan
                                  Jan 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm
                                  Curiously sec.31 of Cr P C provides that sentence of more than 14 years can not be awarded in single trial then how this man has been given life sentence plus 24 years is anybody's guess
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                                    anil
                                    Jan 21, 2016 at 9:45 am
                                    Just imagine the reverse case. If a Hindu rich driver had crushed a poor Muslim to death, sky would have fallen . All pseudo-secular parties and award-wapsi jamat would have jumped to street .
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                                      sethuram Sethuram
                                      Jan 22, 2016 at 12:57 am
                                      Good case to slam Modi for intolerance and awawd wapsi. It is boring without parliament blockades and award wapsi. Are the fascists in Congress brain dead or just sleeping not seeing an opportunity for attacking the Aryans?
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                                        Raj
                                        Jan 21, 2016 at 8:32 am
                                        Abusing, is this all what you do all day ?? Pity your family and others who have to deal with such a person.
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                                          Raj
                                          Jan 21, 2016 at 8:38 am
                                          He has the money, hope he doesnt get frequent bails and get to go out and party and kill more people.
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                                            Raj
                                            Jan 21, 2016 at 8:45 am
                                            I can clearly see who comes a third-rate family. Good luck Sir ! I rest my case.
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