2002 riots: HC accepts Gujarat plea over jobs to victims kin
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 00:41
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday on Tuesday accepted the State Government's plea that it was not possible to provide appointments on compassionate grounds to family members of the 2002 post-Godhra riot victims as it was a policy decision.

The HC said since the Government has stated that it was unable to give jobs on compassionate grounds to family members of the riot affected persons, it was not inclined to make an opinion with regard to the matter.

"As it is a matter of Government policy, we pass no order for grant of compassionate appointments," a Division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice K M Thakar said.

The observation was made while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Gagan Sethi, a member of Special Monitoring Group appointed by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after the 2002 riots.

The Bench also directed the state to immediately disburse Rs 85.75 crore released by the Centre for persons whose uninsured commercial and industrial properties were damaged during the communal violence nine years ago.

It asked the Government to direct all 22 District Collectors concerned to disburse the compensation amount immediately, and provide it with a list of persons in each district in whose name payment has been made.

Further hearing has been scheduled on March 15. The State Government had told the court last year that it has disbursed the compensation package, announced by the Centre, to almost all the riot victims.


First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 00:41

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