Kerala HC suspends sentence of former Lakshadweep MP Faizal in attempt to murder case

Last Update: January 25, 2023, 14:16 IST

Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal. (Photo: News18)

The court granted the same relief to the other three convicts in the case, including Faizal’s brother.

In a relief to former Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal, the Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed his conviction and 10-year jail term in an attempt to murder case.

The court granted the same relief to the other three convicts in the case, including Faizal’s brother.

The detailed order of the High Court is not yet available.

Deputy Solicitor General of India (DSGI) Manu S, who represented the island administration, affirmed the High Court order, which came on a joint petition against the conviction and 10-year jail term by a Sessions Court in Lakshadweep.

The Union Territory (UT) of Lakshadweep had opposed the suspension of the sentence of the convicts, saying that granting them relief would “shake people’s faith in the judicial process”. It also said the crime committed by Faizal and his brother, a teacher in a government school, had shocked the society of the island archipelago where very few crimes are reported.

Therefore, his release would send a wrong message to the society, the island administration had said.

There were 37 accused in the case. Two of them had died and the trial against them was over.

Of the remaining 35, four persons, including the disqualified MP and his brother, were convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, while the rest were acquitted.

According to the prosecution, Faizal and 36 other accused, along with some other identifiable persons, armed with deadly weapons, committed the offense of rioting after wrongfully confining Salih and his friend Mohd Qasim at a place on Androth Island. Voluntarily hurt.

The three accused including Faizal chased Salih when he tried to flee from the spot, broke open the room of a house where he had taken shelter and brutally assaulted him with dangerous weapons including sword, danda, chopper, iron rod, raft, lathi. Beaten. Etcetera.

He was attacked when he reached the spot to intervene on a political issue during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

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