The Delhi High Court today has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation which challenged the decision of Delhi Government to grant compensation to the victims of violence in the North-East Delhi, during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests.
The divisional bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was hearing a petition, filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nand Kishore Garg which stated that the perpetrator of the riots must be denied compensation and must not be treated as victims. Subsequently, the court denied interfering in the policy decision made by the government.
As per the petition, Garg sought directions from the court to strike down the order of compensation to all the riot victims as being unreasonable and arbitrary. He further sought for a fresh notification by incorporating mandatory conditions of identifying the real victims of riots before releasing the compensation amount.
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal had in the last week announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each, to the families of those who lost their lives and Rs 5 lakh each, to the families of the minors who died in the Delhi violence during the anti-CAA protests.