Controversial Kerala businessman Mohamed Nisham's case is a classic example of how money and muscle-power can keep the law away.
Even though Nisham is said to have been involved in more than 10 cases, including an attempt to murder and sexual assault, law caught up with the millionaire only after he ran over a poor security guard with his luxury Hummer last month.
At least five old cases were settled after he pumped in money - from political leaders to police officials allegedly enjoyed his patronage.
With a criminal past, an unknown source of income and alleged nexus with the thriving drug mafia, the handsome businessman's life has all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler. Owner of a dozen-odd foreign luxury cars, including a Bentley and an Aston Martin, he often moved around Thrissur in his old Rajdoot bike with artificial human skull and skeleton fitted on to it.
"He was a symbol of fear and arrogance. Though he flouted laws with much ease he slipped out easily," said one of his neighbors.
Now, too many skeletons have started tumbling out of his closet after the gruesome murder of the guard.
In the early hours of January 28, Nisham had beaten up the security guard badly for a delay in opening the gate to his luxury apartment building, chased him, turned the massive vehicle on him and pinned him against the wall, police said while opposing his bail plea on Wednesday.
The guard, who was critically injured in the incident, succumbed after three weeks.
A serial offender, in 2013 Nisham - the director of Tamil Nadu-based King Beedi - had allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari inside his residential complex as a birthday gift. Police registered a case against him only after his Facebook post turned viral.
Similarly, during a police checking the same year he locked a woman sub-inspector inside his Rolls Royce car for more than two hours. He was booked for drunken driving and obstructing the official duty of a government servant.
And last month, police arrested Malayalam film star Shine Tom Chacko and four female fashion models from a flat owned by Nisham for possessing cocaine. The police suspect Nisham's role in the thriving drug trade in port city of Kochi.
The police seized all his vehicles and recovered a licensed gun from his house after the businessman, who also exports tobacco and owns a chain of business in the Middle East, rammed the guard with his Hummer.
Thanks to his connections with people high up, he has come out unscathed in many cases.
In the security guard incident too there were many slip-ups - the police failed to take the dying declaration of the security guard and are yet to question his wife, who was reportedly present when the incident took place.
State home minister Ramesh Chennithala, however, has denied any interference in the case.
"No interference will be there and we will appoint a good public prosecutor to take the case forward," the minister said, adding that 12 cases have been registered against him since 2003.
Out of these cases he was fined in two, two were settled out of court and the high court quashed FIR in another two, Chennithala said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the state government to hand over the probe to a central agency.