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Kerala: 10 people get eight years imprisonment for chopping hand of college professor

Professor T J Joseph of Newman College, Thodupuzha, was attacked by an armed gang in 2010, alleging that he had insulted the Prophet in a question paper for an internal exam at the college.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
May 9, 2015 12:00:09 am
NIA, NIA court, Kerala High Court, Students chop professor hand, professor hand chopped, India crime, Kerala crime, India news, Kerala news The convicts come out of the court after the verdict in Kochi on Friday. (Source: PTI)

The NIA Court in Kochi on Friday awarded eight years of imprisonment to 10 persons found guilty in the case pertaining to the chopping of the hand of a college professor. Other three accused in the case were sentenced to two years of imprisonment. All the convicted are activists of the right-wing Muslim outfit Popular Front of India.

Professor T J Joseph of Newman College, Thodupuzha, was attacked by an armed gang on July 4, 2010, alleging that he had insulted the Prophet in a question paper for an internal exam at the college.

The NIA, which took over the probe from Kerala police, had argued that the accused should be given life imprisonment. But, the maximum punishment given to the accused, who had been directly involved in the crime, was imprisonment of eight years. Many of the accused in the case have been jailed for nearly five years. Hence, they would have to spend only the rest of the sentence in jail.

The court said a total compensation of Rs 8 lakh should be levied from the convicted and the same amount be handed over to the victim. The 10 convicts were found guilty of attempt to murder, rioting, conspiracy, various sections of UAPA and under explosive substance act. The other three who got three years of imprisonment were punished for their involvement in the destruction of evidence.

Professor Joseph, after the verdict, said, “I had pardoned them in my court of conscience.” He also got another relief on Friday as the government ordered for payment of his salary arrears of 40 months, the period in which he remained under dismissal.

The court on Friday granted interim bail to two persons who got only two years of imprisonment in order to facilitate them move bail application in the High Court.

The pleaders of the convicts said they would move an appeal in the High Court against the special court’s verdict.

Last week, while the court had found 13 persons guilty of the murder attempt and various other sections, 18 others were acquitted.

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