Chennai: V. Shobana and Manikandan alias Rajesh may have never met. But, on Thursday their lives had something in common - they stood vindicated as the same Madras High Court bench acquitted the woman and the man on charges of poisoning her daughter and murdering his mother respectively.
A bench of the Madras High Court overturned the respective lower court's verdict while pronouncing their judgments on appeals filed by the accused.
Mrs Shobana was convicted by a lower court and sent to life imprisonment for killing her 5-year-old daughter by giving food mixed with pesticide in Erode district on July 8, 2015. In its judgment acquitting the woman, a division bench comprising Justices S.Nagamuthu and N.Authinathan said, "absolutely there is no convincing evidence to hold that it is this accused who killed the girl".
In the other case, the youth was accused of killing his 40-year-old mother by strangulation for frequently quarrelling with neighbours in Puducherry in 2015.
Acquitting the accused, Manikandan alias Rajesh, a division bench comprising Justices S.Nagamuthu and N.Authinathan said that there is no such circumstance which would clinchingly and conclusively go to prove that the accused strangulated the deceased both manually and also with ligature and caused the death of his mother....