Falsely accused and sentenced to life, Andhra man walks free after 8 yrs in jail
P Satyam Babu, who was convicted of raping and murdering a 19-year-old in 2007, was acquitted by the Hyderabad high court. On walking free, Babu demanded that justice be served and the real culprit be charged.Updated: Apr 02, 2017 19:18 IST
After spending eight years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, P Satyam Babu finally walked free on Sunday, two days after the Hyderabad high court acquitted him of raping and murdering a student in 2007.
Babu was released from Rajahmundry Central Prison on Sunday midday, and was overcome with emotion on seeing his mother, Mariyamma.
“At last truth has won, I suffered in jail for eight years. Now the real culprits in Ayesha Meera case should be punished,” he said, ANI reported.
Ayesha Meera, a 19-year-old bachelor of pharmacy student, was raped and brutally murdered in a private women’s hostel in Ibrahimpatnam near Vijayawada on December 27, 2007.
Police claimed a breakthrough when Babu was arrested in a cellphone robbery case on August 17, 2008. They also said he had confessed to the murder.
On September 30, 2010, the Mahila sessions court in Vijayawada sentenced Satyam Babu to life imprisonment.
The high court directed the Andhra Pradesh government to pay Babu Rs 1 lakh compensation for the wrongful conviction, and ordered action against the police officers who investigated the case.
Babu thanked Meera’s parents for standing by him, and demanded that justice should be done.
Meera’s parents -- Shamshad Begam and Iqbal Basha -- alleged that Babu, a Dalit, was made a scapegoat to save the real culprits. They also alleged that relatives of then state minister Koneru Ranga Rao were involved in the crime.