The CBI court here on Tuesday will pronounce the verdict on the sensational murder case of industrialist Paul Muthoot George. As many as 19 persons have been listed as accused in the case, including professional killer Kari Satheesh. According to the CBI case, Paul George was murdered during an altercation in connection with a bike accident when the quotation gang was on their way to Alappuzha commit another murder.
The CBI had submitted two chargesheets against the gang based in Changanassery; one for murdering the Paul M George and another for the murder they had planned in Alappuzha. However, the trial progressed by combining the two chargesheets into one. The court recorded statements of 123 witnesses in the case, including that of Paul George’s driver Shibu Thomas.
Though the Kerala Police had indicted gang leaders Om Prakash and Puthanpalam Rajesh who left an injured Paul George on the way, the CBI had made them witnesses turned approvers. The two had submitted in the court that they hadn’t witnessed the crime and that they didn’t even know Paul George. Manu, who was accompanying Paul George on the fateful day, recognised the accused, including Kari Satheesh.
The controversial ‘S’ knife also came up during the arbitration in the court. When police produced an ‘S’ knife in the court in connection with the case the CBI disproved it as the false evidence and later produced the knife used for the murder. The statement of investigating officer DySP K.M. Tony that the ‘S’ knife was recovered because Kari Satheesh had given a misleading information made a significant point during the trial.