June 19, 2019
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HC overturns the trial court verdict of popular Tamil newspaper Dinakaran office attack case

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The Madurai bench of Madras High Court has overturned the trial court verdict in connection with the attack of the Madurai office of popular Tamil language newspaper Dinakaran.

Earlier, the trial court verdict acquitted all arrested in connection with the attack that killed at least three people, citing lack of proper evidence.

The latest verdict has convicted at least nine, including ‘Attack Pandi’ –the prime suspect, in the case. All of them have been handed a tough sentence of life imprisonment.

It was a survey published in the news daily that prompted the close aids of a DMK strongman to attack the office of the newspaper. The survey was about the possible successor of DMK leader M Karunanidhi. The survey projected that M K Stalin would be the successor of the DMK leader. The attackers were close to the faction that worked for the emergence of M K Alagiri as the successor of the DMK leader.

Actually, it was in 2007 that the attack occurred. It was nine year ago that the attackers were released without punishment due to lack of evidence.

In its latest verdict, the court has also ordered a compensation of five lakh Indian rupees each to the families of the three murdered employees of the news daily.     

 

Vignesh. S. G

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