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Film producer acquitted in actor’s murder case

Published: 27th December 2012 11:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2012 11:18 AM   |  A+A-

The Sessions Court on Wednesday acquitted real estate businessman-turned-film producer L Govardhan Murthy and six others in a four-year-old murder case of a 32-year-old actor Vinod Kumar.

While pronouncing the judgement, the court observed that the prosecution has failed to prove the involvement of the accused in the case.

Sampigehalli police had arrested Murthy in October 2008 from his Kerala hideout in connection with the murder.

Murthy had allegedly fled the city after Vinod Kumar, a budding actor, was shot dead inside his farmhouse in Bagalur.

Later, the Amruthahalli police had filed a charge-sheet, naming L Govardhan Murthy as prime accused and alleging that he shot dead Vinod Kumar over an old rivalry.

After the arrest, all the courts, including High Court and Supreme court, had rejected his bail petition.

Defense advocate C H Hanumanthraya said that evidences produced by the police and the public prosecutor in the case were weak.

“They said Vinod made dying declaration in a hospital at 2 am. We made it clear to the court that Vinod had already lost more than two litres of blood and no one, in that position would make any statement,” he said.

Elaborating the proceedings of the case, Hanumanthraya said that the dying declaration of Vinod kumar was fabricated as the

cross examination of the medical officials proved that Vinod Kumar could have spoke 15 minutes in that condition.

He further said that the point of argument was that the two cartridges seized from the scene of crime, did not bore the firing mark and even the blood soacked shirt of Vinod Kumar has been replaced by the police “for the reason known to them,” he said.

Hanumanthrayana said that the prosecution have neither summoned eight eye witness of the case nor even examined the complainant of the case.

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