SC not happy with Chhatisgarh govt on Salwa Judum issue
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Last Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010, 21:44
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed displeasure that anti-Naxal vigilante group Salwa Judum and Special Police Officers (SPOs) appointed to counter Maoists were reportedly still active in Chattisgarh despite assurances by the state government to the contrary.

"You said Salwa Judum is on way out, SPOs are no more there and we get to hear about their activities," a Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said.

The Bench made the remark when senior advocate T R Andhyarujina said one of the petitioners in the matter who had gone to Naxal-affected areas in the state was surrounded by around 50 SPOs.

He said another petitioner in the matter Kartam Joga has been arrested by the police.

Chhatisgarh Police had arrested Joga, a Leftist leader on September 14 in connection with April 6 incident when 76 CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush by Maosits.

Advocates Manish Singhvi and Atul Jha, appearing for the state government, said they will answer all questions, including the situation surrounding the arrest of Joga.

At the outset, Andhyarujina submitted Chhatisgarh government has failed to file a comprehensive affidavit about the steps taken by it in Maoist-affected area on various issues as per the August 31 direction of the court.

The advocates appearing for the state government said it could not be done as the Solicitor General, who has to approve it, was away from Delhi and the affidavit would be filed within a week.

Chhattisgarh government was asked to file an affidavit in response to the apex court's posers to it on August 11 on the steps taken by it to tackle the Naxal problem and its stand on disbanding of Salwa Judum.

The apex court also expressed its displeasure over the state government's failure to mention the number of cases registered against Salwa Judum on charges human rights violation in Maoist-hit tribal districts of the state.

The bench had said that the state government was "evasive" on it and it has not stated how many schools and ashrams have been vacated from the occupation of central security forces.

The bench had also said if Chhattisgarh government was facing any problem, it should be stated before this court.

Subramanium had apprised the bench about the steps taken by the Centre in coordination with the state government for relief and rehabilitation of tribals.

He had said that the camps have been established for the affected people and forces are gradually leaving the schools and ashrams.


First Published: Friday, October 22, 2010, 21:44

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