Thrissur: In a setback to the prosecution in the Chandrabose murder case, in which controversial businessman Muhammed Nisham is the prime accused, the first witness in the case changed his earlier stance on Monday, the day the final trial in the case was begun.
Anoop, a security guard who worked at the Shobha City in Thrissur, had earlier given a statement that he had seen Nisham knocking down Chandrabose with his Hummer SUV and attacking him. He, however, changed his statement on Monday and said he was forced by the police to speak against Nisham.
The new twist in the case is considered crucial as Anoop’s statement was the main evidence for the prosecution as the statement of Chandrabose could not be recorded.
Earlier in the month, the Supreme Court that denied bail to Nisham had directed the trial court here to complete the trial and pronounce the judgment by end of January 2016. Nisham approached the apex court after Thrissur District Sessions Additional Court rejected his bail plea.
The court will try more than 104 witnesses during the period of October 26 and November 17.
Nisham had allegedly in an inebriated state, assaulted the security guard, Chandrabose, and later rammed him with his Hummer vehicle, following an argument over delay in opening the gate at a posh residential township in Thrissur, on January 29.
On February 16, Chandrabose succumbed to injuries at the hospital, following which Nisham was booked with murder charges.
Kerala Antisocial Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA) charges were also slapped on Nisham.