Jat stir: Can’t order military to shoot at crowd, rules SC
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said that Army was capable enough to deal with any situation and as and when the situation arises things will be taken care of.
“You want us to issue direction to Army to shoot at the mob. We can’t issue such directions. We can’t allow the army to open fire at the mob. As and when the situation arises things will be taken care of. Army is capable enough to deal with any situation,” the Bench also comprising justices R Bhanumathi and UU Lalit said.
It said that whoever will take law in his own hand will be prosecuted as per the law and dismissed the petition as withdrawn. The Bench observed that had the petitioner advocate Ajay Jain sought compensation to the victim of the violent agitation, it would have thought of considering it.
“Had you asked for compensation to the victims of the agitation, we would have thought of considering it,” the Bench said.
Petitioner then sought court’s permission to amend the prayer in his petition which the Bench denied, saying it can’t allow him to do so. The Bench also refrained itself from imposing the cost on petitioner after he kept on insisting for consideration of his plea. He, however, later agreed to withdraw his plea.
The petitioner in his plea has sought direction for Haryana government to give complete free hand to the Army/Para Military forces to control the situation which includes inter alia to fire at the mob to bring the situation under control.
He has also sought direction to local administration of Rohtak, Haryana to hand over the administration to Army and not to interrupt in any manner whatsoever in the Army’s affair in dealing with the situation.
Murthal rape: Haryana Police file status report
Haryana Police on Monday filed its status report on the alleged rapes at Murthal in Sonipat district during the Jat agitation, saying no such incident took place. The status report was filed before a division Bench of justices SK Mittal and H S Sidhu.
The status report filed by police “denied the charges of molestation and gangrape during the intervening night of February 22/23 at Murthal in Sonipat district.”
The division Bench adjourned the case to March 14. The High Court had taken suo motu note of the matter after a report in a local daily on the alleged rapes. The Bench had appointed senior advocate Anupam Gupta as amicus curiae to assist the court in this matter.