Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 30: In a major judgment the National Investigating Agency court has held 14 persons guilty in the case pertaining to the chopping of the hand of a college professor.
While indicating that the quantum of sentence would be pronounced at a later date, the court also acquitted 17 others in the case.
The professor, Joseph was attacked by activists of the Popular Front of India and chopped off his hand. The PFI alleged that the Prophet had been insulted in the question paper at the Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala.
The case on hand
After the exams were completed, some people handed over the question paper to several Muslim outfits in Kerala and alleged that the Prophet had been insulted.
The police too had sought to take action against Joseph who had gone into hiding. However he surrendered later.
However one day when he returning home from a local Church, his car was stopped. A crude bomb was exploded and then the PFI members pulled him out of the car and chopped his right palm.
The NIA was roped into the case and filed a chargesheet after detailed investigation. The NIA arrested several persons and also concluded that these persons were guilty of the crime.