Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court today asked
the Central government to file an affidavit on compensation
paid to post-Godhra riot victims by June 30, failing which it
would impose a fine of Rs 10,000.
The directive was given by a division bench of Chief
Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Akil Kureshi while hearing a
petition filed by Gagan Sethi, member of Special Monitoring
Group appointed by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The court, during the last hearing on April 23, had asked
both the state and central governments to file affidavits on
payment of compensation to riot victims as per the decision of
the Union government.
When the matter came up for hearing today, the state
government filed an affidavit saying it has paid compensation
to almost all the riot victims.
But the Central government did not file any affidavit,
following which the court asked it to submit the same by June
30 or pay a fine of Rs 10,000. It also warned that it would
ask the Union Home secretary to remain present in the court in
The Rs 262.44 crore Central government relief package
included compensation to families of 1,169 people killed and
2,549 injured in the post-Godhra communal violence.