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  • Rapist served more than his jail term in Chhattisgrah
  • SC awarded Rs 7.5 lakh compensation to rapist
  • His served over 10 years instead of seven years

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Supreme Court awards Rs 7.5 lakh compensation to rapist

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by the man challenging the judgment of the Chhattisgarh High Court which confirmed his conviction but reduced his sentence

The Supreme Court has directed Chhattisgarh government to pay Rs 7.5 lakh compensation to a rape convict who was kept in prison beyond the period of sentence awarded to him.

A bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and C T Ravikumar noted that the petitioner is a youth and suffered long and illegal deprivation of fundamental rights besides the mental agony and pain on account of such extra, illegal detention.

"Without making any observation as to his civil remedy, we think it is only just and proper to pass an order granting compensation to the tune of Rs 7.5 lakh to be paid by the State holding that it is vicariously liable for the act/omission committed by its officers in the course of employment.

"We also make it clear that while holding the State vicariously liable as above, the State must have recourse against the erred officer(s)," the bench said.

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by a man challenging the judgment of the Chhattisgarh High Court which confirmed his conviction under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code but the sentence was reduced from 12 years to seven years of rigorous imprisonment.

While examining the case, the top court noted that the man was kept in jail beyond the period of sentence of imprisonment and was in prison for a total of 10 years 3 months and 16 days.

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The bench said there was absolutely no "justifiable reason", for the lapse in taking appropriate action to comply with the judgment of the high court and to release the appellant on expiry of the legally permissible period of sentence.

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