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Kerala top cop gets 6-month term in assault case

January 12, 2009 22:58 IST

An additional director general of police in Kerala [Images] was on Monday sentenced to six months' simple imprisonment by a court in Kochi in connection with a case of assault on the editor of a Malayalam eveninger from Kannur in 1988.
Besides K G Premshankar, who is now the additional director general of police (Protection of Civil Rights) Thiruvananthapuram, three other policemen were also sentenced to six months' simple imprisonment by Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate P D Soman in the case, investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. They are former Kannur circle inspector P Jayaraj, former Mattanur sub inspector R V Kunhiraman and former Kannur sub-inspector K Abdul Gaffoor.
K G Premshankar was the superintendent of police of Kannur when the incident occurred.
The CJM acquitted eight other policemen in the case. He imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on all the four police personnel convicted.
The case relates to the assault of Maniyeri Madhavan, Editor of Sudhinam by the policemen on February 12, 1988,
after some reports were published against them.
Following the direction of Supreme court, the CBI had investigated the case. Earlier the local police and the crime
branch had investigated the case.
Since Madhavan had passed away a few years ago, the CJM court directed that the fine amount be handed over to his legal heirs.

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