A local court here on Friday acquitted serial rapist M Jaishankar, who was involved in about 30 cases of rape, murder and robbery spread over three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, along with an accomplice in a murder case.
The psycho rapist got the reprieve from the court as the prosecution failed to prove the charges. Sources noted that lapses in investigations and the failure to substantiate the charges with evidence had led to the acquittal.
Passing the judgment on Friday, S Manvizhi, the Additional District Judge, Namakkal, acquitted Jaishankar (37), a native of Konasamudram near Edappadi in Salem, stating that the benefit of doubts go in favour of the accused, sources said.
He was brought to the court amid tight security and was kept inside a police vehicle until the judgment was passed in the afternoon. Later, he was taken back to the Bangalore central prison. Jaishankar’s accomplice P Mohan @ Selvam (35), of Anna Nagar, Kalingarayanpalayam, Erode, whom he had befriended while serving a term in Omalur Prison, was also acquitted of murder and robbery.
Sources noted that both were accused of murdering 50-year-old woman K Thangammal, of Thillaipuram in Namakkal Town, in 2009, when she was watering plants in her farm located at Kolathuthottam.
Jaishankar and Selvam allegedly hacked the woman using a sickle and severed one of her limbs before robbing her thali that weighed around 8.5 sovereigns.
Paramathi police registered a case and held inquiries then without identifying the culprits. “But the involvement of the serial rapist Jaishankar came to the light when he confessed to the Tirupur police, who arrested him in October 2009 in connection with the sensational rape and murder of a woman police constable M Jayamani. The constable, attached to the Kangeyam all woman police station, fell victim to the rapist while she was on duty at Peramanallur on August 23, 2009.
Jaishankar had escaped from the police on a few occasions earlier. On March 17, 2011, he gave the slip to the cops at Salem while he was being escorted back from a Dharmapuri court.
On September 1, last year, the rapist had jumped off the high-security central prison in Bangalore after scaling two inner walls and a barbed fence on the outer wall when there was a power cut. But, he was caught six days later on September 7.