HC issues contempt notice against UP Chief Secy
Lucknow: Taking serious note of non-compliance of its order on compensation to victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday issued a contempt notice against the UP Chief Secretary.
Issuing the notice on a writ filed by Kuldeep Singh Sethi, Justice Anil Kumar directed Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta to explain on January 6 why the court order issued on October 19 was not complied with and why contempt proceedings should be initiated against him.
Disposing of a PIL filed by Amar Singh Virk, the court had on October 19 directed the state government to give reasonable compensation to 1984 riot victims.
It said that compensation for the riot victims under various orders of the government should be hiked and disbursed with a month and in cases where compensation was not given due to lack of evidence, it should be done after the victims submit affidavits.
The court had said that the government should inform the victims by publishing advertisements in newspapers having high circulation.
However, in his petition Sethi alleged that that the court order as not complied with.
The riots broke out following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in October 1984.
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