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Old 15-Jul-2008
Top cop told to pay Rs 8L

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court on Monday directed deputy inspector general of police Rajan Priyadarshi to deposit Rs 8 lakh towards compensation of injury caused during an assault on a Congress leader, Prafull Thaker, over 20 years ago.

In the 1980s. Thaker had complained before the then chief minister against police officers that they were not acting enough to curb liquor sale in the city. Aggrieved by this complaint, Priyadarshi, who was the then DCP in the North Zone, along with an inspector RJ Yadav went to Thaker's house and brutally beat him up. Thaker lost his right eye in this attack and was hospitalized for over a month.

After this, Thaker lodged a criminal complaint against Priyadarshi and Yadav in the metropolitan court and filed a suit for compensation in the city civil and sessions court. The case before sessions court lasted for some two decades and judge DT Soni in July 2007 directed the IPS officer to pay Rs 2 lakh with 9 per cent interest within three months towards the compensation of damages.

However, the cops approached the High Court seeking a stay on the payment. But before granting them any relief, Justice KS Jhaveri asked the officers to deposit Rs 8 lakh with the registry within three months. The court has asked the registry to deposit the amount in Thaker's account in a nationalized bank. Thaker has been permitted to withdraw quarterly interest of the sum.

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