Gujarat High Court today directed central and state governments to take an appropriate decision on compensation for newly identified post-Godhra riot victims and those whose uninsured commercial property was damaged during the 2002 communal carnage.
A division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and K M Thakar also directed the state government to decide on the demand of the riot victims for employment and fixed the matter for hearing on September 27.
The directions were passed while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by one Gagan Sethi, a member of Special Monitoring Group appointed by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) after the 2002 riots.
When the matter came up for hearing, petitioner's advocate Amit Panchal submitted that 752 riot victims, who were identified by the state in districts of Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha and Dahod, after central government released the compensation of Rs 262.44 crore, have not been paid anything.
To this, the state government replied that they have sent the details of the newly-identified victims to the Centre for release of compensation.
Panchal further submitted that the central government had not released Rs 87.75 crore which was alloted for victims whose uninsured industrial or commercial property was damaged during the 2002 riots.