To ensure that members of the Sikh community who were brutally killed in communal violence in Haryana are adequately compensated,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday expanded the ambit of Justice T P Garg Commission. The commission was probing incidents of killings in Hond Chillar and Rewari which took place in the 1984 riots.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Alok Singh ruled that the commission will also probe similar incidents of communal violence which took place in Gurgaon and Pataudi.
The Bench held that the ends of justice will meet if the area of reference is expanded and considered by the commission. The court had dismissed petitions seeking probe by a retired high court judge with the assistance of the CBI. The dismissal order was passed after Haryana told the court that a one-man commission would submit a report within six months.
The petitions had been filed by New York registered Sikhs for Justice and All India Sikh Students Federation. Advocate Navkiran Singh,counsel for the petitioners,said the victims belongings were burnt and even a Gurudwara was reduced to ashes. On January 16,2006,Haryana announced compensation for the deceased,but no compensation was provided for other losses. Navkiran also had added that the FIR dated November 3,1984 registered at Jatusana police station,was not investigated properly. None of the eyewitnesses were contacted and the crime has gone undetected,reads the petition.