After 22 years, a murder case came up for trial.
By then two of the accused had died of natural causes. And on Thursday, the sessions court let off the third accused for lack of evidence.
On September 29, 1987, Abdul Kutty, a habitual gambler, was allegedly beaten to death by three of his friends after a petty squabble over money.
Kutty used to frequent Apna Club on Falkland Road to play cards with his friends.
On the day of incident, he had asked his friend Hussein Karim Shaikh to lend him money.
When Karim had refused, a quarrel broke out.
Kutty had whipped out a knife and allegedly stabbed Karim, on his head, elbow and left foot.
Hearing his friend Karim’s screams for help, Rajaram Shegde and one Mulla ran to the spot and started beating up Kutty.
Club owner Mohammed Shabbir, allegedly instigated the trio, dragged Kutty out of the club and threw him in the ditch between two buildings.
Kutty died the next day due to multiple injuries.
The DB Marg police arrested Karim, Shedge and Shabir. Mulla was absconding.
By the time the case came up for hearing for the first time, on April 16, 2009 — after nearly 22 years — Karim and Shabbir were dead.
So charges were framed against the lone accused, Shegde, and the trial started on May 13.
Additional sessions judge SM Shembole disposed of the case on its fourth hearing on Thursday, acquitting Shegde.