Ten get eight years imprisonment in Palm case

Friday, May 8, 2015,18:59 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | The Special NIA court has awarded eight years imprisonment to ten accused and two years to three others, in the sensational hand chopping case here today.
The court in its 429-page verdict also ordered to collect Rs eight lakh from the accused and to pay Profession T J Joseph as compensation.
Besides UAPA, the court had also found the 10 accused guilty under various sections of Explosive Substances Act and IPC that deals with criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder and awarded eight years imprisonment to ten accused, Jamal (44), K M Mhammed Shobin (28), Shamsuddin (37), Shanavas (32), K M Pareeth (36), Yunus Aliyar (34), Jaffer (33), K K Ali (34), Shejir (32) and K E Kasim (47).
Those who were received two years imprisonment  including Abdul Lathief (44), T H Anwar Sadique (35) and Riyas (33).
The Prosecution demand was to award Life imprisonment, but the court awarded to eight years only, stating that the attack was against an individual and not to the society. However, the court observed that the crime at any cost could not be ignored.
The NIA, which probed the case,  reacted after the verdict that they were not satisfied with the verdict and would approach to the Higher court to get maximum punishment to the accused.
The court had earlier convicted 13 of the accused while it had acquitted 18 others. NIA’s decision to invoke provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) was also upheld by the court.
After conducting a trial in the case on chopping off the palm of a college professor on July four, 2010, claiming ‘blaspheming’ of Prophet Mohammed in a question paper prepared by him, the NIA court had on Thursday convicted 13 of the accused, while it acquitted 18 other accused.