SC rejects the plea by cops who sought an settlement on using violence in detention
The Apex Court rejected the action aimed at exacerbating criminal offenses by accusing two police officers of violence in custody.
However, the bank took into account the age of the police officers and reduced the sentence imposed. The bank also increased the compensation to Rs. 3.5 lakhs each to be paid to the legal heirs of the deceased, as well as compensation payable by the High Court.
The police officers were convicted under Section 324 of the IPC for causing the death of a deceased person in 1985 by beating him on the premises of the police station.
They challenged their conviction in the Supreme Court, where they prayed for the crime to be aggravated because of an amicable settlement between them and the legal heirs of the deceased.
The Apex court found that violence in custody is an unacceptable crime in a civilized society as it is directed against humanity. In addition, it is a clear and grave violation of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
The bank also took the view that the composition of criminal offenses is not permitted even if the legal heirs of the deceased agree. It is only allowed with the permission of the court.
The bank reduced the sentence to six months, which is one year according to IPC 324.