Kerala police official sentenced for torturing editor 11 years ago

January 12th, 2009 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, Jan 12 (IANS) A Kerala court Monday sentenced a senior police official and three others to six months imprisonment for custodial torture of a newspaper editor nearly 11 years ago.Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate P.D. Soman handed out the verdict to Additional Director General of Police Prem Sankar and three other officials but gave them a month’s time to file an appeal challenging the sentencing.

Sankar, the then superintendent of police in Kannur, was also fined Rs.25,000 for torturing M. Madhavan, editor of Sudhinam, a popular evening daily, in 1998.

Sankar in February that year had directed his team of officials to raid the newspaper office following a news report in the evening daily.

Madhavan, who later died in 2003, had alleged he was brutally manhandled by the police team.

The case, probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was pursued by the newspaper office after Madhavan’s death.

The court gave a clean chit to eight other accused police officials.

A Sudhinam official said it was a victory for journalism and journalists.

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