The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to constitute a compensation commission for payment of financial assistance to all people affected by arson and violence in Jalandhar city and other districts in May 2009 following the news of attack on Sant Rama Nand in Vienna (Austria).
A division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh directed that the commission headed by a retired high court chief justice/judge should be constituted within a month.
During the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by an NGO 'General Samaj Manch', the bench also directed the state to issue a public notification after setting up the commission.
Sant Rama Nand, preacher at Guru Ravi Dass Gurdwara at Ballan village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway, was injured in an attack in a Vienna gurdwara during a congregation on May 24, 2009 after which he succumbed to his injuries.
After receiving news of the attack, his followers took to the roads in Jalandhar and other districts and set on fire a number of vehicles and vandalized bank ATMs and other public property.
The petitioner had informed the court that as per the apex court's directions, a retired high court judge should be appointed as compensation commissioner, which had not been done by the state.
The matter would now come up for hearing on May 28.