SC asks UP govt to ‘compensate all’, not just one community

The Supreme Court on Thursday objected to a controversial notification of Uttar Pradesh government on rehabilitation and relocation of riot victims and compensation to be paid only for a particular community affected in Muzaffarnagar riots. The court directed the state government to withdraw the said notification.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana P Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the state government to issue a fresh notification saying that the compensation will be
distributed to the victims of all communities.

After getting a rap from the apex court, the state government assured the court that the same controversial notification would be withdrawn and the state government would issue a fresh one. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for the state government, told the bench that no person will be denied relocation and rehabilitation on the ground of religion.

The state government gave an undertaking that it will recall the controversial 26 October notification and said that it would be clearly mentioned in the fresh affidavit that the concerned authority will take care of each and every affected person and relief and rehabilitation measures would be applied universally. The controversial state government notification provided for a compensation of five lakh rupees to Muslim families affected by the riots for rehabilitation and relocation to other places. The riots broke out in September this year claiming over 60 lives. After the riots, many families had left their homes and were living in relief camps.

Hearing a batch of petitions, the bench also termed as serious the allegation that a police inspector, who is probing the murder of two boys triggering the clashes in the area, was forcing the father of one of the deceased to give an affidavit diluting the complaint.
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