Delhi HC fines lawyer seeking probe into killing of 39 Indians in Iraq

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Jun 2018 5:30pm

Delhi HC fines lawyer seeking probe into killing of 39 Indians in Iraq

The Delhi HC on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on advocate Mehmood Pracha, who filed a petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the alleged failure of the Centre in saving 39 Indians, who were killed by ISIS in Iraq in 2014.

The verdict was delivered by a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and C Hari Shankar, in which it was held that the petitioner has a strong private interest in filing the writ petition.

The court further noted that the petitioner did not even talk about the elaborate steps, such as carrying out DNA profiling and matching, taken by the authorities in India and Iraq to establish the identities of the victims.

“The writ petition which ignores the welfare, interest and sensitivities of dependents and relatives of Indian citizens who were killed after being taken into custody by a militant organisation and the public interest in ensuring healthy international relations and diplomatic ties deserves condemnation in the strongest terms,” the bench said.

The bench directed Pracha to deposit the fine in the Advocates’ Welfare Trust within four weeks.

Tagged: Delhi HC   Centre   ISIS   Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal  
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