Mangaluru, June 29,2017: In the first case in Mangaluru, 5th Additional District and Sessions Judge M. Ramachandra on June 28, Wednesday sentenced to life a 32-year-old engineering graduate on finding him guilty of murdering his elder brother at an apartment flat in Bannoor village near Puttur two years ago.
Somnath was accused of stabbing his brother Ranganath following a heated argument after dinner around midnight of May 17, 2015. Following the incident, Somnath reportedly went to his neighbour Rafiq and then to flat owner Isaq and confided in them. Puttur Circle Inspector Mahesh Prasad investigated the case and filed charge sheet.
Public Prosecutor M. Udaya Kumar examined 19 witnesses, including Rafiq and Isaq, who deposed in favour of the prosecution’s case. Judge Ramachandra sentenced Somnath to life for murder and imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on him. Somnath was sentenced to undergo seven years of imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs. 5,000 for causing disappearance of evidence.
In the second case in Udupi, District and Sessions Court on June 28, Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering his grandfather at Renjal village in Karkala taluk on December 21, 2013.
In a statement here, Shanthibai, Public Prosecutor, said that the accused, Ravi, alias Ravivarma Jain, used to roam around without doing any work and pester his family members for money. At around 8.30 a.m. on December 21, 2013, Ravi went to his grandfather, Nemiraj Puvani’s house, and demanded money. Nemiraj tried to reason with him and advised him to find a job instead of loitering around.
At this, Ravi took a wooden rod lying nearby and hit Nemiraj on his head. A severely injured Nemiraj fell on the ground. He also assaulted his (Ravi’s) sister Sujatha. Nemiraj later died in a private hospital in Mangalore. Ravi was arrested by the police under Sections 302 and 324 of Indian Penal Code. After hearing arguments, Principal District and Sessions Judge T. Venkatesh Naik pronounced the accused guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment , the statement said.