Ex-Lakshadweep MP's conviction and imprisonment in an attempted murder case are suspended by Kerala High Court

Ex-Lakshadweep MP's conviction and imprisonment in an attempted murder case are suspended by Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed Mohammed Faizal's conviction and 10-year sentence in an attempt-to-murder case, which was a relief to the former Lakshadweep MP.

The three other defendants in the case, including Faizal's brother, all received the same relief from the court.

The top court's exhaustive order is yet unavailable.

The island government was represented by Deputy Solicitor General of India (DSGI) Manu S, who affirmed the high court ruling after the joint appeal filed by the prisoners against their conviction and 10-year sentence by a Sessions Court in Lakshadweep.

The Lakshadweep Union Territory (UT) had opposed the prisoners' sentence postponement, claiming that doing so would "break the people's trust in the legal process." Additionally, it said that the crime perpetrated by Faizal and his brother, a teacher at a government school, had startled the island archipelago's community since there aren't many crimes recorded there.

The island government had said that their dissemination would so convey the incorrect message to society.

In the case, 37 people were accused. Two of them had passed away, and the case against them was dropped.

The remaining 35 were all cleared, with the exception of the disqualified MP and his brother, who were found guilty and given ten years in jail.

According to the prosecution, after wrongfully imprisoning Salih and his friend Mohammed Kassim at a location on Androth island, Faizal and 36 other accused, along with some other identifiable persons, were armed with deadly weapons when they committed the rioting offense and intentionally hurt Salih.

When Salih attempted to leave the scene, three suspects, including Faizal, pursued him, broke into the room of a home where he had sought refuge, and viciously manhandled him using deadly objects including a sword stick, chopper, iron rod, rafters, twigs, etc.

When they arrived at the location, they were attacked for becoming involved in a political controversy during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.