Kochi: The Kerala Government
today informed the High Court that there were 49 accused in the case
relating to the attack on lecturer T J Joseph, whose right hand had
been chopped off, allegedly by activists of radical outfit Popular
Front of India (PFI).
Pleader informed a Division Bench, comprising Justice K M Joseph and
Justice M L Joseph Francis, that 19 accused had been arrested and
the remaining were absconding.
The submission was made when a batch of petitions by the relatives
of the absconding accused, complaining of police harassment, came up
before the court.
pleader gave an undertaking to the court that police would not
harass the petitioners and investigation would be conducted.
The court recorded the submission. Joseph was attacked on July 4
after he prepared a question paper which allegedly contained
derogatory references to Prophet Muhammed.