SC slams J&K govt,says injured also entitled to relief

The court made these observations after the state government’s counsel requested for modification of its previous day’s order

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2013 3:12 am

Expressing its displeasure over the state government’s stance,the Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to pay compensation of up to Rs 2 lakh to those injured in the Kishtwar violence.

“Do you think injured persons shall not get any compensation? They are also entitled to compensation. Instead of raising objections here,you should ask your government to take effective steps,” said a Bench led by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.

The court made these observations after the state government’s counsel requested for modification of its previous day’s order. On Tuesday,the court had recorded the statement of senior counsel Gaurav Pachnanda,appearing for the state,that administration had decided to give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of those dead and up to Rs 2 lakh for injured.

However,the state counsel on Wednesday sought a modification of this order,pointing out that the amount of up to Rs 2 lakh was meant for loss of properties and not for injured persons.

This contention was immediately rejected by the Bench,which said the state government should not raise such objections to defy compensation to injured people. It asked the government’s counsel to not press for a modification further and rather ask the administration to help the people on ground.

The court also refused to give directions to the government on a plea that several pilgrims were yet to receive any assistance by the state and were stranded. It demanded directions to airlift them and ensuring other amenities.

The court is hearing a PIL by J&K National Panthers Party’s secretary Sudesh Dogra,which has sought various directives to the Centre and the state government on maintaining law and order situations and have a proper probe into the communal clashes,besides adequate security and safe passage to pilgrims stranded due to curfew in Kishtwar.

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