Woman’s life sentence for murder of son upheld

The Madras High Court has upheld the life sentence accorded to a woman by a trial court for murdering a threeand-a-half-year-old boy to take revenge against her paramour.
Woman’s life sentence for murder of son upheld
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A division bench comprising Justice M Jaichandran and Justice S Nagamuthu confirmed the life sentence after holding: “What emerges is that the circumstances proved by the prosecution, form a comprehensive chain which unerringly prove the guilt of the accused. 
Of course, here and there, there are lapses in the investigation done and also the conduct of the trial of the case by the prosecutor. Notwithstanding these lapses, we find that the prosecution has proved the guilt of the accused and thus the trial court was right in convicting the accused,” As per the prosecution, Jayakumar and Anandhi fell in love and got married in 2000. They had two children - Nivedeta (8) and Adihya (3). 
In 2009, Jayakumar had met Poovarasi and helped her get a job. In the interregnum period, they developed a close relationship with each other. Owing to this, she had to go through abortion twice and Jayakumar’s wife Anandhi on becoming aware of the relationship had abused her over email and phone. 
Poovarasi decided to take up another assignment in Madurai and based on that had insisted Jayakumar to send Aditya with her so that she can spend some time with him, which he did. However, the same evening she claimed that the child had gone missing while she had strangled him to death and kept his body in a suitcase. 
Thereafter, the next day she transported the suitcase to Puducherry and left it in a bus going to Nagapattinam. However, Poovarasi claimed that the boy was kidnapped by one Rajesh, a financier, while she had taken Aditya out of the hostel, where she was staying. The bench noted the case was based on circumstantial evidence and said it remained proved that Poovarasi had illicit relationship with Jayakumar and since he was not ready to marry her, she had a grudge against him.
Sivaganga pooja gets permission
The Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) has directed Sivaganga police to give permission to celebrate the 215th Guru Pooja of Valuku Veli Ambalam and to give protection during the celebrations.
A petition filed by C T Kannadasan, of Baganeri village in Sivaganga district, seeking permission to celebrate the festival came up for hearing in the high court. It was prayed that Ambalam was a legendary freedom fighter and was seen as a god by the people.  His statue is present in Thottiyathu Amman Temple at Chockanathapuram in Sivaganga district and it is customary for them to celebrate the function in a grand manner every year. The district administration and the police are denying permission now.  The police in a counter argument claimed that last year there was violence and four cases were booked.  Justice S.Vimala ordered the police to give permission and protection.

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