29 March Wednesday

Anchery Baby Murder : High Court Acquits All Three, Including MM Mani

Web Desk(TVM)Updated: Friday Mar 18, 2022

Kochi   : The High Court on Friday acquitted three accused in the Anchery Baby murder case, including former minister MM Mani. The  verdict came upon appeal urging acquittal. The Thodupuzha sessions court had  rjected the plea earlier.

INTUC leader Anchery Babu was shot dead on Nov 13, 1982. In 1988, the court  acquitted all nine accused after finding no evidence of their involvment.

Then in a strange twist, a speech by MM Mani on 25 May, 2012, ran into controversy and then-ruling UDF interpreted   jocular references of its content as pointers to Anchery murder.

A fresh case, with no grounds to speak of,  was filed the second time anyway. The case  arraigned MM Mani as second accused. Others  were : former CPI(M) District Secretariat member OG Madan and AK Damodaran.

The police also arrested MM Mani after chargesheeting him. Today’s verdict quells the case - framed by Congress largely to gain political mileage as it faced rough weather from its  fragile coalition at the time.