Why no final report yet, HC asks state

The state told the court that issuance of notices to the accused and witnesses was still under way.

Mumbai | Updated: March 21, 2014 1:46 am
A scene of violence in Azad Maidan in 2012. (Reuters) A scene of violence in Azad Maidan in 2012. (Reuters)

The Bombay High Court Thursday asked the state why it had not filed a final report in the August 2012 Azad Maidan riot and assessed losses in terms of lives and injuries. The state told the court that issuance of notices to the accused and witnesses was still under way.

A division bench of Justices N H Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a PIL seeking directions to the state to decide on an amount and recover it from organisers of the rally at Azad Maidan that had turned violent. Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai said, “There are 77 accused, of whom 57 have been served notices. There are 964 witnesses.” Pai said the Collector’s office had pegged damages to public property at Rs 2.75 crore.

The court, however, asked whether it had assessed the monetary damages to those who were injured. “Have you (Collector’s office) assessed the cost of this damage? Injuries to persons have been neglected. Have you conducted an in-house inquiry to collect data on loss to injuries?” the court asked.

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