Custody is no licence for police torture: SC

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NEW DELHI, Aug 4: The Supreme Court, coming down heavily on Chhattisgarh police officers for custodial torture of an Ayurvedic doctor in 1992, directed the State government to pay him Rs. 5 lakh as compensation for the mental agony and humiliation he suffered. It is to be recovered from the erring officers in equal proportion.

Allowing an appeal from Mehmood Nayyar Azam, on whom certain cases were slapped in September 1992, a Bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said: “There is no shadow of doubt that any treatment meted

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