Today News Online Service
New Delhi, February 12
Maintaining that custodial violence has no place in the civilised world, the Supreme Court has refused compounding of offence against two Odisha policemen who had mercilessly beaten a man leading to his death in 1985.
“The custodial violence on the deceased which led to the death is abhorrent and not acceptable in the civilised society. The offence committed by the accused is a crime not against the deceased alone but was against humanity and clear violations of rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution,” said a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Ajay Rastogi.
The top court upheld the conviction of the two police officers for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons and ordered them to pay Rs 3.5 lakh each of the legal heirs of the deceased.