Idukki: In a relief to college lecturer T.J. Joseph, whose hand was chopped off by activists of a radical outfit, a Magistrate Court here has exonerated him of the charge of hurting religious sentiments of a community through a question paper he set for his students.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate at Thodupuzha, considering the police case, discharged Joseph Wednesday from the case accepting his plea that he had prepared the questions for the graduate course without any mala fide intention.
A former lecturer of Malayalam literature of Newman College at Thodupuzha, Joseph was attacked and his right hand chopped off allegedly by a gang on July 4, 2010, while he was going to church with his family members.
The hand chopping case is being investigated by the NIA and the trial is progressing.
Despite widespread condemnation the incident evoked, the college management dismissed Joseph from the job. His plea challenging the decision is pending before the University Apallete Tribunal.
Joseph, when contacted, said he is now engaged in writing a book about the harrowing experience he had gone through. The book will be published only after the pending case was over, he said.