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Saturday, July 16, 2011

STATE LIABILITY: Prisoner released from Pakistan jail seeks relief!

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File photo - Gopal Dass - Agencies
File photo - Gopal Dass - Agencies.

Gopal Dass, an Indian who spent 28 years in a Pakistani jail, on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to the government to compensate him for the mental torture he suffered as a consequence of what he called a task assigned to him by India's external intelligence agency.
The apex court bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice C.K. Prasad was told that the government was duty bound to ensure that the petitioner earned his livelihood and was compensated for the loss he suffered at the hands of Pakistani officials for working for the government of India.
Gopal Dass was arrested by Pakistani Rangers guarding its border in 1984 and was charged with engaging in espionage activities against Pakistan. He was awarded life imprisonment by a Pakistani military court in 1986.

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