The Kerala High Court acquitted two accused in connection with the Nilambur Radha murder case. The Court observed that the prosecution was unable to prove the crime against the accused.
Biju and Shamsudeen, the first and second accused in the case, had approached the High Court against Manjeri court's verdict giving life imprisonment. However, the court has acquitted them following their petition.
On February 5, 2014, Radha was murdered inside the Congress block committee office at Nilambur in Malappuram. Biju, one of the accused in the case, a local Youth Congress leader killed Radha with the help of Shamsudeen when she blackmailed to reveal his illicit relationship with some women. They killed her by thrashing and strangulating.
Later, Radha's body was tied in a sack and dumped in a pond near Nilambur's Chulliyode. On February 9, the body surfaced in the pond and was later identified by her relatives.
Earlier, the court had found the accused guilty of raping the woman as they had brutally pushed the plastic handle of a ceiling broom into her vagina. The postmortem report stressed that Radha had died because of the wounds caused on her genitals.
The case had created a political controversy as the Left parties tried to exhibit then Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed and his son and Nilambur Municipal Chairman Aryadan Shoukath. Biju was reportedly then a staff of the Aryadan Muhammed's personal staff.