The Thrissur district additional sessions court in Kerala on Thursday sentenced tobacco tycoon Mohammed Nisham to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murder on Wednesday, said reports.
Nisham was convicted of killing security guard Chandrabose by ramming his luxury Hummer into him after the latter delayed opening the gates of his residential complex on 29 January, 2015. Though the guard was hospitalised, he succumbed to injuries on 16 February, 2015.
In addition to the 14-year life term under IPC Section 302, Nisham will have to spend an additional 24 years in jail under eight other sections. He would also have to pay Rs 80 lakh fine, of which Rs 50 lakh will go to the family of the deceased secrurity guard.
Nisham, the owner of the Kings Group of Companies, has 16 criminal cases against him. The Kerala Police had invoked the provisions of Kerala Anti-social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA) against the beedi baron.
He is also charged under IPC Sections 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means); 506 (1) (Criminal Intimidation); 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt); 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons or means); 427(Mischief causing damage to property) and 449 (Criminal trespass).
The court has also ordered proceedings against Nisham's wife Amal, as she submitted a false affidavit and turned a hostile witness.