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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday heard a plea for interim bail moved by one Shanu Chacko, who was sentenced to double life imprisonment last year for kidnapping and murdering his sister's husband, along with others, in a case of honour killing.
Chacko has moved the plea on grounds of wanting to visit his ailing father amid the continuing COVID-19 lockdown. The High Court was told that his father was suffering from a serious heart ailment.
The Special Public Prosecutor today registered his vehement objection to the bail plea and sought two weeks' time to file a statement. Recording this submission, the Division Bench of Justices Shaji P Chaly and Ashok Menon has adjourned the case to May 19, by when the SPP is expected to file his objection statement.
Shortly after his registered marriage, in May 2018, 23-year old Kevin was abducted and murdered by his wife's relatives who had objected to the marriage on account his being a Dalit Christian. His wife, Neenu, was a Latin Christian.
Among those who stood accused of the crime were his wife's brother, Shanu Chacko and their father. Her father was, however, acquitted in the case in August last year by a local court in Kottayam. Shanu Chacko and nine others were found guilty.