Lakshadweep MP sentenced 10-year jail term in attempt to murder case

The District and Sessions Court in Kavaratti also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh each on the convicts in the attempt to murder case.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 11, 2023 | 6:20 PM Updated Jan 11, 2023 | 6:20 PM

Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal. (Twitter)

A sessions court in Lakshadweep on Wednesday, 11 January, sentenced four people, including Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal and his brothers, to 10 years in jail in connection with an attempt to murder case.

Lawyers associated with the case said the District and Sessions Court in Kavaratti also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh each on the convicts in the case registered against them in 2009.

The MP will be lodged in the Central Prison in Kannur in Kerala.

According to reports, Faizal is expected to move the Kerala High Court, which has jurisdiction over Lakshadweep, against the conviction and get it stayed to prevent his disqualification as a lawmaker.

Faizal has been serving as the MP of Lakshadweep since 2014.

According to the lawyers, the MP and others assaulted and grievously injured Padanath Salih, a Congress worker, when they had reached their neighbourhood for intervening in a political issue during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Salih was the son-in-law of former Union Minister PM Sayeed.

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Speaking to PTI, Faizal said it was a “politically motivated” case and he would file an appeal in the higher court soon.

According to reports, a conflict regarding a shed put up by Faizal resulted in the assault on Salih. There are a total of 32 accused in the case.

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(With inputs from PTI)