Kochi: The Kerala High Court has issued an interim stay on the Mannarkkad court decision to cancel bail of 12 accused in the Madhu murder case in Attapadi.
The High Court asked how can the trial court cancel the bail granted by the High Court which sought a clarification from the lower court on the matter by Monday.
The decision of the lower court was challenged by two of the 12 accused.
The petitioners argued that they had not made any attempts to influence the witnesses
and police have not been able to provide any evidence in this regard.
The trial court had cancelled the bail of the 12 accused admitting the arguments of the prosecution that the accused had violated the conditions imposed by the High Court while granting bail earlier.
There are 16 accused in the case relating to the lynching of Madhu for stealing rice from a grocery shop on February 22, 2018.
A Special Investigation Team submitted a charge sheet in May. There was considerable delay in the beginning of trial in the case as Madhu’s relatives and friends alleged that the involvement of a few CPM leaders and IUML leader was the reason for it.