PUDUCHERRY: The Principal District Sessions Judge C V Karthikeyan convicted and sentenced a history-sheeter to life imprisonment for killing a 25 year old youth in 2008.
According to prosecution, Perumal Raja, a rowdy with a number of criminal cases against him, was awarded the life term for killing Rajini alias Rajinikant (25), a resident staying near the Petit Canal Street.
Rajinikant and his father Rajaram, who was working in France, owned a prime property of 1.25 acres in Kurumpapet area Perumal Raja had threatened Rajanikant, who was staying at Petit Canal Street house, asked him to part with the property.
On refusing, Permal Raja, with the help of two others including a juvenile, hacked Raanikant to death and dumped the body in the water tank of the house in January 2008.
Father Rajaram, who was keeping contact with Perumal Raja, asked his son’s whereabouts over phone and the latter managed to answer his queries. Raja, suspecting that his criminal activity will come to light, took out Rajani’s decomposed body from the tank and dumped it in Uppanar canal.
But after a few months, Rajaram came down to Puducherry in April 2008 and inquired about his son with Perumal Raja. Perumal Raja murdered in the house.
Police registered a case and Perumal Raja was arrested and questioned.
During the course of inquiry, Raja confessed that he had killed Rajini also. Following this police registered a case in the Rajini murder also. The police found the clues in the water tank and recovered the body part from the Uppanar Canal also.
The trial had been going on in the Principal District Sessions and on Thursday, Judge C V Karthikeyan convicted and sentenced Perumal Raj for life and also awarded three years of rigoruos imprisonment for attempting to destroy evidence. A fine of Rs 8000 was imposed.
Public Prosecutor K S Mohandas appeared in the case. One of the accused in the case is still abscodning while the case against the juvenile is going on in the Juvenile court.
The trial in the murder case of Rajaram is going it alone.