Guj HC ask state to come clean on restoring religious places
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Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2010, 22:38
Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court today asked the state government to put on record its policy with regard to compensation for restoration of religious places damaged or destroyed during the 2002 riots.

A division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice A S Dave gave the direction while hearing a petition filed by Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG).

IRCG's petition filed in 2003 had sought court's directions to the government to pay compensation for religious places damaged during riots on the ground that the National Human Rights Commission too had recommended it and the state government had in principle accepted the suggestion.

However, when the court asked state advocate general (AG) Kamal Trivedi about government's stand on NHRC recommendations, he denied that state had agreed to follow them.

Upon this, the division bench observed, "You (the state government) said yes to NHRC thinking that its a toothless body, and seven years later you are denying it before a court of law."

The court asked AG to check his records and asked the government to put on record its policy on restoration of religious structures destroyed during the 2002 riots. Further hearing in the case is kept on March 5.


First Published: Monday, February 08, 2010, 22:38

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