The Delhi Police had requested the High Court to appoint a claims commissioner to estimate and investigate the liability of the damaged properties during the anti-CAA protests.
The police in its letter to the High Court stated that “During these anti-CAA/NRC protests, there has been massive and extensive damage of public and private property including public transportation, causing huge losses to the government exchequer. We seek the appointment of a claims commissioner to estimate the damages and investigate liability as per a 2009 Supreme Court order that deals with damage to public and private property and recovery from perpetrators.”
Previously on 30 December 2019 the Railway Board Chairman, Vinod Kumar Yadav stated that around Rs 80 crore worth railway property which was damaged during anti-CAA protests will be recovered from those involved in arson and violence, across the country.
The country has been facing violent protests ever since the parliament has passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The protests involved violent clashes between the agitators and police. The protestors went on damaging various public properties which include burning four public buses and two police vehicles in south Delhi’s New Friends Colony. In the Seelampur area of Delhi, the protesters set a mobile toilet, two motorbikes on fire and damaged three buses and two police booths.
Uttar Pradesh’s government also sought recovery of losses incurred during the anti-CAA protests in the state.