A security guard allegedly run over by a controversial businessman's luxury vehicle in December as punishment for delay in opening the gate of an apartment complex in Kerala's Thrissur died on Monday.
Muhammed Nisham had allegedly beaten up the guard and when the latter tried to run after an argument, ploughed his Hummer into the 47-year-old and pinned him against a wall. He then got out of the car and thrashed him again, according to a police official. The police had arrested the businessman after the incident and he remains in judicial custody.
The guard, Chandra Bose, was on life support in a local hospital since the episode. Following Bose's death on Monday, the police said Nisham would be charged with murder. Four surgeries were carried out in the last 48 days to save Bose's life, but he could not be saved.
Nisham is no stranger to controversies. He courted trouble after his seven-year-old son drove his Ferrari, a clip of which went viral on social media. In 2013, he locked a woman sub-inspector inside his Rolls Royce when he was asked to stop for a routine check. The police booked him for drink driving and obstructing the duty of a government servant.
Nisham was also arrested after four young girls and an upcoming film actor was taken into custody from his apartment in Kochi for participating in a rave party, where cocaine was used.
Nisham is the managing director of Tirunelveli-based King Beedi Co. Apart from being a prominent tobacco supplier, he has hotel and jewellery businesses in the middle-east. His cars include Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Ranger Rover, Ferrari and Jaguar.
Police seized all his vehicles and also recovered a licensed gun from his house. The enforcement directorate and income tax department would also look into the source of his income.