A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kochi on Friday sentenced 10 persons to eight years in jail for chopping off the right palm of a college professor for preparing a question paper that allegedly contained blasphemous references against Prophet Mohammed.
Last week, the court had found 13 people guilty in the case. Three other accused would be getting a 2-year jail term. Besides jail, the accused would also have to pay a fine of Rs 8 lakh to the teacher.
Besides attempt to murder, conspiracy and sedition charges were also slapped against the accused.
Though the NIA had sought life term for all accused, the court rejected its contention. The NIA prosecutor said he is not happy with the verdict and will appeal to a higher court.