The Punjab government has constituted a committee under the divisional commissioners concerned and a high-level committee (appellate authority) under the financial commissioner (revenue) to look into the authenticity of red cards issued to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The information was submitted before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday during the hearing of a bunch of petitions, including the one filed by Sikh Danga Peerat Welfare Committee, Punjab, regarding illegal issuance of red cards to some people.
The state government had issued red cards to riot victims so as to avail compensation of Rs 2 lakh and other benefits in housing schemes and commercial booths as per the state policy.
The government informed the court that the divisional commissioners concerned would first examine the matter and anyone could approach them with their complaints/grievances. However, the high-level committee comprising the financial commissioner (revenue) and secretaries of revenue and housing departments would hear the appeals.
On this, the division bench headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul disposed of the petitions. However, the HC said the stay granted by the court on February 13 on the Ludhiana deputy commissioner's January 29 order, cancelling red cards issued to 20 victims of the riots and directing them to return compensation of Rs 2 lakh each, would continue.