Varghese case: Life sentence for Kerala ex-IGP

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Kochi, Oct 28: CBI Special Court in Kochi sentenced former Kerala IGP K Lakshmana to life imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him, in the murder case of the Naxal Varghese, who was killed 40 years ago.

On Oct 28, CBI Special court convicted former IGP K Lakshmana and acquitted former DGP P Vijayan by the case.

After completing the formalities at the Ernakulam jail, Lakshmana will be taken to the Thiruvananthapuram central jail on Oct 28.

Naxal Varghese was brutally killed by police at Thirunelli jungles in Kerala's Wyanad district on Feb 18, 1970.

The case came into lime light in 1998, when Constable Ramachandran Nair confessed that he killed Varghese on the orders of then Superintendent of Police P Vijayan and Deputy Superintendent of Police K Lakshmana.

Then the Varghese family approached the Kerala High Court for a CBI investigation.

In 1999, the high court asked the CBI to investigate the death of Varghese. On the direction of the court CBI took the case and filed the chargesheet in 2003 against police officers K Lakshmana and P Vijayan.

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