Twelve people, including a seven-member gang and the three CPM leaders, were last week found guilty in the case by the Kozhikode Special Additional Sessions Court.
Chandrasekharan had sustained 51 hack injuries on his face at the time of his death. The prosecution had argued that the leader was killed by the seven-member gang, which was hired by the CPM. Initially, there were 76 accused against whom chargesheet was filed, but the number was later dropped to 36 after the court had stayed the trial of 15 accused. Twenty two people were acquitted for lack of evidence, including former CPM Kozhikode District Secretary.
The murder case created a huge controversy in Kerala. It caused a rift within the Left front leadership. While Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan hailed him as a brave communist, CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan slammed him as a traitor.
The case had 166 witnesses of which 52 turned hostile.