The Supreme Court Monday pulled up the Centre and the Railways for not spelling out steps taken to recover the loss incurred to the exchequer due to destruction of property and blockade during protests after the Mirchpur violence in Haryana in 2010.
You want to write off the loss. Three years have passed and you will take many more years. Do you suggest that you will take 30 years? We want to know the steps taken by you to recover the loss, a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda said.
The bench made it clear that the authorities are directly responsible if they fail to protect public property and said then they (authorities) are party to atrocities committed to public property.
You should have the guts to recover (the loss), the bench said after the counsel for the Centre said he could only answer the question on recovery of loss after taking instruction from authorities concerned.
The bench made the remarks while hearing a case relating to rehabilitation of the members of the Dalit community who had to leave Mirchpur village in Haryanas Hisar district after the incident.
Ninety-eight members of the community were booked in a case relating to the killing of 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his teenaged daughter Suman on April 21,2010.
The counsel for the Centre said he could only answer the question on recovery of loss after taking instruction from authorities concerned.
Earlier,the counsel for Centre informed the bench bench was that an affidavit was filed by the Haryana government,which had claimed there was an actual loss of Rs 7 lakh and notional loss of around Rs 30 crore to Railways due to the agitation. The bench asked the Centre why it has not recovered the loss from the Haryana government.