SC not happy with Chhatisgarh govt on Salwa Judum issue

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.

PTI



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

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