Brothers and sisters of Naxalite leader A Varghese who was killed by the police in a fake encounter approached the Kerala High Court on Thursday seeking a compensation of Rs 50 lakh from the state government.
The petition was filed by A Thomas, A Joseph, Mariyakutty and Annamma of Wayanad. They submitted that their brother Varghese was shot dead in 1970 in Thirunelli. The special court convicted former Inspector-General of Police, K Lakshmana to life imprisonment in the case. The High Court and the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeal against the conviction and sentence filed by Lakshmana.
The petitioners pointed out that it is now clear that Varghese was the victim of state brutality. He was taken into custody and shot down on the directives of Lakshmana. The reputation of their family had been affected due to the action of the state government.
The petitioners sought a declaration that they were entitled to get compensation of Rs 50 lakh for loss of reputation and murder.