HC asks prosecution to prepare well in 'Cyanide' Mohan case

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday asked the prosecution to prepare better arguments in an appeal filed by Mohan Kumar (Cyanide Mohan) who moved the court seeking acquittal in a series of rape and murder cases against him.

A division bench comprising Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice John Michael Cunha, while hearing a batch of petitions related to Kumar, observed that the prosecution has to prepare its arguments well. The bench made these observations after hearing Kumar, the convict who appeared as party-in-person to defend himself in the cases where he is convicted.

Kumar, a teacher by profession, is accused of raping and poisoning 20 young women to death between 2003 and 2009. He is convicted in three cases and awarded death sentence by a lower court in 2013.

Kumar used to lure women into marriage and kill them after giving them “anti-pregnancy” pills laced with cyanide.

During the hearing of his appeal, the bench was surprised by the arguments put forth by the accused, where he requested “benefit of the doubt” and “proof of evidence” against him in the matters where he has been convicted. Justice Malimath observed that the accused is able to argue better in the matter as he has been preparing for the case for the past seven years. The accused, in his argument, said that there was no evidence against him that he was the one who had given cyanide-laced tablets to the women.

The bench directed the prosecution to provide evidence of murder against the accused. The prosecution failed to provide evidence in their argument, the bench stated and directed the prosecution to prepare well in this matter and adjourned the next hearing to Tuesday.

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