Friday, March 31, 2017
A Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising Justice C.V.Nagarjuna Reddy and Justice M.S.K.Jaiswal on Friday acquitted Satyam Babu in the murder of B.Pharmacy student Ayesha Meera on December 27, 2007 in her hostel room.
The Bench reprimanded the police officers and directed initiation of proceedings against these officers and awarded cost of Rs.1 lakh to the appellant. The Bench was allowing the criminal appeal filed by Satyam Babu.
The police in their charge sheet said that Satyam Babu had barged into a hostel room at Ibrahimpatnam raped and killed Ayesha Meera. The Mahila court at Vijayawada on September 29, 2010 found him guilty and awarded life imprisonment. The Bench heard the matter and took note of the issues raised by counsel appearing for the appellant regarding the shoddy investigation. The Bench said that an innocent person has been shown as accused and proceeded against and that the real culprits have escaped.
The Case in brief::
A 19 year old Ayesha Meera who was studying B.Pharmacy was raped and murdered in a hostel room at Vijayawada. The body with stab injuries was found in the bathroom on December 27, 2007. The relatives of P.Satyam Babu and Human Rights Activists alleged that the police was trying to eliminate him in an effort to shied the real culprits in the case. He was suffering from a neurological disorder which NIMS confirmed that he could hardly walk. The victim’s parents also rejected the police claim that Satyam Babu murdered her. The police first arrested him in August 2008.
The Vijayawada women’s special sessions court awarded life imprisonment to Satyam Babu in the case u/s302 of IPC and u/s 376 of IPC and also ordered to pay a fine of Rs.1,000 or undergo six months imprisonment.
The accused approached the High Court which delivered the judgement on March 31, 2017 saying him as innocent.