Actress assault case: Two lawyers acquitted

Pratheesh Chacko and Raju Joseph who were arraigned as accused in the actress assault case.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has discharged advocates Pratheesh Chacko and Raju Joseph, who were arraigned as accused in the actress assault case.

The police had charged the two lawyers with destroying evidence and arranging a hiding place for the suspects who allegedly carried out the crime. However, the court ruled that the police could not provide valid evidence to prove the charges.

Chacko and Joseph had appeared for the prime accused, Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni, during the initial stages of the case. The court said that the phone used to shoot the crime was yet to be recovered. This made the prosecution argument that evidence had been destroyed hollow.

Chacko was made an accused in the case after the police found that Sunil Kumar had handed over the phone to the two lawyers. Charged with concealment of evidence, the police served a notice on Chacko, but went into hiding. He later appeared before the investigating officers for questioning and was arrested; but was immediately granted bail.

The two lawyers moved the High Court after they were charged with destroying the memory card, which is the key evidence in the case.

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