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Kerala High Court Acquits The Accused In 2006 Kozhikode Twin Blasts Case

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jan 2022 12:04am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Kerala High Court Acquits The Accused In 2006 Kozhikode Twin Blasts Case


The accused had been charged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Explosive Substances Act, and the Indian Penal Code. Thadiyantevida Nazeer and Shafas, the main suspects in the 2006 twin bomb attacks in Kozhikode, were acquitted by the Kerala High Court on Thursday.


The Vinod Chandran, J. penned down this judgment with a line taken from Stephen’s History of Criminal Law, p. 442 that “Why to follow the difficult path of tedious inquiry and extensive investigation of other persons, materials, and papers if it is legal to collect evidence from the accused person by compulsion? It has been noted that withdrawing this right would encourage law enforcement officials to "sit comfortably in the shade rubbing red pepper into a poor devil's eyes rather than wander about in the sun digging down the evidence." It was directed to the reliability of the confession and raises a question of “element of truth” as confession seems to travel between the two-end point from “may be true” to “must be true” and this was what cited in the case of Sarwan Singh v. State of Punjab [1957] 1 SCR 953], it was held in this case that the evidence must be 'legal, reliable and unimpeachable.


The twin blasts rocked Kozhikode city on the Friday noon of 03.03.2006. It was alleged that the accused have conspired, planned, and executed the twin blasts, and purportedly planned in retaliation for the denial of bail… Continue Reading...

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