10 sentenced to 8yrs in jail for chopping off Kerala professor's hand

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.


Kochi palm chopping case: NIA court convicts 13

Apr 30, 2015, 12.24 PM IST

The court examined 306 prosecution witnesses and four defence witnesses in the case.

KOCHI: The NIA special court here has convicted 13 people in the sensational palm chopping case of a college professor while letting go 18 other accused.

The case relates to chopping off the right palm of a college professor, TJ Joseph, by a seven-member gang, alleged to be members of Popular Front of India (PFI). It was on July 4, 2010 that a gang attacked Prof TJ Joseph of Newsman College, Muvattupuzha, while he was returning along with his family from church.


Patriarch Aphrem II begins 11-day State visit from today

Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II is scheduled to arrive on Saturday on an 11-day visit to the State.

He will be received at the Cochin international airport by head of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Catholicos Baselios Thomas I and other leaders of the Church.

State guest

The Patriarch is arriving here from Dubai, after 8 a.m., and will be in Kerala as State guest. Minister for Excise and Ports K. Babu and Minister for Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob are scheduled to receive him at the airport.


Attack on Christians: NHRC notice to Kerala

KOCHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to five states, including Kerala, after taking suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging acts of violence and atrocity against Christians.

The other four states to which notices have been issued are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

A press release from the NHRC said that as per the media report, churches had been vandalized in Madhya Pradesh. Incidents of arson, stone pelting, attack on pastors and forcible conversions were also reported to have happened at Devas, Satna, Katni, Indore, Bhopal, Alipur and Mandla districts.