Compensation for Custodial Torture

The Supreme Court awarded a compensation of 5 lakh to Mehmood Nayyar Azam, an Ayurvedic doctor who was tortured in the custody of Chattisgarh Police in September 1992.

“The said amount shall be paid by the respondent state within a period of six weeks and be realized from the erring officers in equal proportion from their salaries as thought appropriate by the competent authority of the state,” the bench added.

The Court noted that the Chattisgarh High court, in categorical terms, had found that the appellant was harassed, and said: “There are some megalomaniac officers who conceive the perverse notion that they are the ‘Law’ forgetting that law is the science of what is good and just and, in [the] very nature of things, protector of a civilised society.” “On the contrary, they are under obligation to protect his human rights and prevent all forms of atrocities,” Justice Misra said.
 Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 6

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