Court orders compensation for JU professor who was arrested
The court said Mahapatra be given additional compensation besides the Rs.50,000 ordered by the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.
The court has also ordered compensation for Professor Mahapatra's neighbour Subroto Roy, who was also arrested.
In April 2012, Professor Mahapatra was by police and produced in court under certain charges for forwarding the cartoons. He was later released on bail after he was allegedly forced to give a written statement that he was a member of the CPI(M).
Mahapatra was also allegedly assaulted by a group of people.
Taking cognizance of the incident, the state human rights commission said those critical of the ruling party cannot just be picked up by police. The panel also ordered the government to give him compensation.