HC notice to Modi govt over plea for relief by victims

The Gujarat High Court issued a notice to the state government over a contempt of court petition moved against it by 56 people from Rakhial area of Ahmedabad,who claim to have suffered huge commercial losses during the 2002 riots

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:February 16, 2012 3:25 am

The Gujarat High Court today issued a notice to the state government over a contempt of court petition moved against it by 56 people from Rakhial area of Ahmedabad,who claim to have suffered huge commercial losses during the 2002 riots.

The petitioners approached the court after the state government allegedly did not take a decision on their claims for compensation in spite of an order by the high court in May last year.

A division bench comprising Justices Akil Kureshi and C L Soni issued a notice to the Narendra Modi government and posted the petition for further hearing on March 14.

According to Utpala Bohra,the advocate for all the petitioners,their shops situated on the Rakhial road had been looted and destroyed by rioters. They had made applications to various authorities of the state government to get compensation but having got no response,they finally moved court.

A division bench of the high court held in May last year that the petitioners were liable to get relief. The court had also ordered the state government to expeditiously dispose of their claims.

“Despite the order of the high court,the state government has not acted on the victims’ claims,following which the contempt petition was moved,” Bohra said.

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