Amid recurring incidents of arson and destruction of public property during political agitations, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it would issue fresh guidelines for claiming damages from those indulging in such acts.
A bench headed by Justice JS Khehar sought Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s assistance in laying down a set of guidelines to deal with the issue.
“Such arson has become order of the day. This is a good opportunity to deal with it. There are judgments of this court… that there should be recovery for damages and destruction of public property. Unless we deal with it, you may not be able to do it... It is a matter of setting the country in order”, Justice Khehar told the Attorney General.
“I will start working on it,” Rohatgi responded.
In April 2009, the SC had laid down guidelines for recovery of damages from those destroying public property during protests. The court decided to reopen the issue as no progress was made.
Indicating that prima facie, there was material to show that arson was committed during the quota stir launched by Hardik Patel, the bench said judicial intervention was required as politically it might not be possible to deal with the issue. The bench asked the Gujarat police to provide an English translation of the two charge sheets filed against Patel.