Man who spent 9 months in prison after being acquitted  ordered by the Madras High Court to receive 3.5 lakh in compensation.

The Tamil Nadu government was recently ordered by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court to pay 3.5 lakh as compensation to a man who was unlawfully detained in prison for nine months following his acquittal in a murder case [Rathinam v. The State].

Justice Sundar Mohan ordered on January 12 that the compensation be given to Chokkar, the prisoner, within four weeks.

The Court was considering a petition the prisoner’s father had submitted, asking for restitution for his son’s wrongful detention and the adoption of corrective measures to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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