HC rejects petitions to strip police medal of ex-IPS officer
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 19:02
  
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed petitions to strip police medal awarded to former IPS officer Amod Kanth for his role in maintaining law and order during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying the decision was taken and ratified by various authorities including the PMO.

"The original file containing the citation and notes leading to the decision of the President has been produced before and perused by the court. They reflect the application of mind by several authorities in a hierarchical manner up to the Prime Minister and the President of India," Justice S Muralidhar said.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed petitions to strip police medal awarded to former IPS officer Amod Kanth for his role in maintaining law and order during 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying the decision was taken and ratified by various authorities including the PMO.

"The original file containing the citation and notes leading to the decision of the President has been produced before and perused by the court. They reflect the application of mind by several authorities in a hierarchical manner up to the Prime Minister and the President of India," Justice S Muralidhar said.

"The role of the state machinery has come under critical scrutiny. It is arguable that in the context of a tragedy of such proportions, the state ought to display sensitivity to the feelings of victim community and be circumspect in hastening to award gallantry medals to the officials of the law enforcement machinery soon after the events," the court said.

16 persons, including four minor and five women, of the family of Amrik and Trilok Singh were arrested on November 5, 1984, for allegedly opening fire on a mob which led to the killing of two men inc

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 19:02


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