The convict Parshuram Nayak (45) of Nuaguda in Kalahandi district was an associate of middlemen, who had cut off the right palms of the labourers as punishment.
The second phase trial in the palm chopping case started at the NIA Court here on Monday.
The High Court on Monday dismissed the plea of two accused in the 2010 palm chopping case seeking to adjourn the second phase of trial in the Ernakulam NIA Special Court.
Security has been enhanced at the court complex in Kaloor as the second phase trial in the palm chopping case will commence at the NIA Court-II on Monday.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here suspended the second phase trial in the case relating to chopping off the palm of a college professor owing to Covid-19.