Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No need for CBI, SIT probe into Muzaffarnagar riots: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea for CBI/SIT probe into the Muzaffarnagar communal riots that took place in September 2013.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said that if the Centre and the state intelligence agencies had smelled of what was happening at the ground level, then the riots could have been prevented.

The court also held the state govt was responsible for "initial negligence."

The Surpeme Court said that the state had failed to protect the serious violation of fundamental rights of the people and said it was duty-bound to protect and uphold the people's rights.

The Surpeme Court also said that all those intelligence officials who failed in their duty must be proceeded against irrespective of their ranks.

The Supreme Court also ordered the state to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to women who were sexually assaulted and harassed during the riots.

In a reference to a state government circular saying that the relief would be available to Muslim victims only, the court in one of its several directions said that the availability of relief should not be on the basis of victim's religious denomination and it should be provided to genuine victims.

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