Supreme Court Issues Notice Over Plea from 1984 Victim

January 27, 2004 | Comments Off on Supreme Court Issues Notice Over Plea from 1984 Victim

The Supreme Court of India has issued notice to the government of Uttar Pradesh in response to a petition filed by a victim of the November 1984 massacre of Sikhs, who, 20 years later, has still not received compensation for the abuses he and his family suffered:

Petitioner Gurbachan Singh Salooja’s counsel H S Phoolka said that pursuant to a Allahabad high court order in 1996, the district magistrate had quantified the compensation as Rs 95,000 and Rs 85,000 for arson and looting of victim’s residential premises and commercial establishment respectively.

The state government challenged that order but the apex court in 1999 dismissed its plea.

However, when Salooja appeared before the compensation officer and submitted the certificates issued to him by the district magistrate for grant of Rs 1,80,000 compensation, he was given only Rs 15,000 in January 2003.

The report of the Nanavati Commission, investigating the pogroms in Delhi, Kanpur and Bokaro, is due out this year.  Read the 1984 section for recent news.


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