Thanjavur Man’s Life Term Quashed

Published: 07th October 2014 06:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2014 06:06 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: The Madras High Court bench here set aside the life sentence of a Thanjavur-based man accused of murdering his neighbour holding that the trial court had not furnished cogent reasons for convicting him.

The appellant, Durairaj of Malaiyuruppu Puliyampatti Village in Thanjavur, had allegedly hacked to death his neighbour Rajadurai in November 2001.

Based on the case registered by the Thiruvidamaruthur police, a Thanjavur Fast Track Court I sentenced him to life in August 2003.

Hearing the appeal, a bench comprising Justices S Manikumar and V S Ravi said there were various discrepancies in the case. The judges found that the trial court had neglected the evidence of a doctor who treated the victim. The doctor had quoted the victim as having said that he was attacked by five persons. Further, she said, the police had shown a sickle to her on November 7, 2001 and enquired about the nature of injuries sustained by the victim.

However, in contrast, the mahazar (police records on seized items) showed that the weapon itself was recovered based on the confession of the accused only on November 13 that year.

Pointing out these flaws, the court said that the prosecution version was loaded with number of vital contraventions which create number of doubts in the case which cut the prosecution version as to the root of the present case.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp