Lecturer attack: Pillai clarifies remarks on NIA probe; admits mistake
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Last Updated: Monday, September 06, 2010, 22:27
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government has not asked for an NIA probe into the attack on a college lecturer, whose right hand was chopped off allegedly by activists of radical outift PFI, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said on Monday admitting his earlier remark to the contrary was a "mistake".

"What I said earlier was a result of misunderstanding of an intimation report sent by the state which said the case of the college lecturer also involved some charges coming under the NIA Act. This was meant as an information and not as request for NIA to take up the case," he told reporters here.

Pillai had earlier stated in Kollam that the state government had asked the Centre to order a probe by the National Investigation Agency into the lecturer attack case.

He had said the Centre would examine the state government's letter and take a decision on NIA probe.

Prof T J Joseph was attacked on July 4 for allegedly preparing a question paper with derogatory reference to Prophet Mohammad.

Clarifying his remarks here after reviewing the security situation with top police officials, Pillai said the Kerala Government did not ask for an NIA probe and the statement made by him at Kollam was result of a "mistake".

Pillai said he was making "this correction" after checking up the details with the Centre.

He said during his discussions with state DGP and other senior officials, he was told that the state police was continuing with the investigation into the case and it had progressed well.

Joseph has been sacked by the Christian-run Newman College on the ground that he had hurt religious sentiments. His family had denied the charge and said he would challenge the dismissal in court.


First Published: Monday, September 06, 2010, 22:27

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