Madras High Court overturns death sentence, acquitted main accused

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="360"] Shankar and kaushalya (file photo)[/caption]

The Madras High Court acquitted the main accused in the murder of a 22-year-old youth in Tirupur district of Tamil Nadu and commuted the death sentence of five other convicts to life imprisonment.

Justice M Satyanarayana and Justice M Nirmal Kumar acquitted Kausalya's father B Chinnaswamy from all charges including criminal conspiracy in the case. Kaushalya's husband Shankar was murdered in 2016 in front of her in Udumalpet town.

The bench sentenced five other convicts to life imprisonment for a minimum of 25 years, with no remission. Chinnaswamy and others were sentenced to death by the trial court in the murder case.

All the convicts had filed an appeal in the High Court against this decision. The killing in broad daylight was captured on camera and people were outraged by this. The High Court also confirmed the acquittal of Kaushalya's mother and two others.

The court ordered the release of all the acquitted accused who have been kept in custody if their custody is not required in any other case.

Shankar lived near Udumalpet and belonged to the Dalit class. He fell in love with Kaushalya, a non-Dalit girl. They both studied together at a private engineering college in Pollachi. They got married against the will of Kaushalya's parents, after which the girl's family conspired to murder Shankar. Shankar was murdered on March 13, 2016 by a three-member gang. Kaushalya was also injured in the attack.