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SC Issues Notice To UP Against Order Regarding Recovery Of Riot Damages From Anti-CAA Protestors

Lawstreet Journal 1 Feb 2020 5:32pm

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The Supreme Court of India on 31st of January, 2020 issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government and sought response on a plea for quashing notices sent to alleged protesters by district administration for recovery of losses during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) protests. A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and K M Joseph issued the notice to the state government and directed it to file its response within four weeks.

The Apex Court was hearing a plea where it is alleged that the notices were sent in an "arbitrary manner" against a person, who died six years ago at the age of 94. People aged above 90 were also issued notice, the plea states. The plea has sought setting up of an independent judicial inquiry into the incidents which happened during the protests against CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Uttar Pradesh, as has been done by the Karnataka High Court.

The UP government had slapped notices on 372 people (out of 478 identified) to recover damages caused to public properties during the agitation in the state. Citing a set of Supreme Court recommendations from 2007 and a 2011 Allahabad High Court order, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath justified the move after he declared "badla" (revenge) on rioters.

Advocate Parwaiz Arif Titu, a petitioner in the case, has sought a stay on these notices claiming they have been sent to persons who have not been booked under any penal provisions and no details of FIR or any criminal… Continue Reading...

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