HC acquits K Sudhakaran in EP Jayarajan murder attempt case

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Kochi: In a big relief for Congress leader K Sudhakaran, the Kerala High Court here on Tuesday acquitted him from conspiracy charges in the 1995 EP Jayarajan murder attempt case. The court also quashed the Thiruvananthapuram Additional Sessions court order seeking trial proceedings against the Congress leader. 

The High Court pronounced the verdict while considering Sudhakaran’s plea in the case. Earlier, a trial court convicted the first accused Pettah Dinesan and the second accused Vikramchalil Sasi in the murder attempt case. But a higher court acquitted both from the charges later. Pointing out this fact, Sudhakaran approached Thiruvananthapuram Additional Sessions Court seeking acquittal in the case. However, the trial court rejected his plea citing evidence for conspiracy charges against him. Following this, he filed a plea before the High Court.

Jayarajan, now the LDF convenor, was shot at while the train he was travelling in neared the Chirala Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh on April 12, 1995. He was returning to Kerala after attending the CPM party Congress in Chandigarh.

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