Indian millionaire convicted of security guard murder

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday (Jan 20) convicted a millionaire businessman of murder for ramming his sports utility vehicle into a security guard who was slow in opening the gate, the prosecution lawyer said.


Muhammad Nisham, 39, was arrested last January after he pinned the guard against a wall with his SUV over a delay in opening the gate of his apartment complex in the southern state of Kerala.

The 50-year-old guard, Mr Chandarabose, was left with multiple injuries and died after suffering a cardiac arrest in the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

“It was a short hearing and the court found the accused, Nisham, guilty of murder,” public prosecutor Udaya Bhanu told AFP by phone.

“We have argued for the maximum penalty death,” said Mr Bhanu.

Sentencing takes place on Thursday.

The court heard that Nisham pursued the guard into the complex with his Hummer and squeezed him against a wall before getting out and beating him with an iron rod.

It is not the first time Nisham has made the headlines.

He faces a separate criminal case for allowing his nine-year-old son to drive a Ferrari in 2013, which caused outrage after he uploaded a video onto YouTube.

Nisham made his fortune from beedis, the hugely popular hand-rolled Indian cigarette packed with tobacco leaves, and also owns hotel and jewellery businesses in the Middle East.

He reportedly has a passion for luxury cars and owns a large fleet of them.