The Punjab and Haryana high court has put the Centre, Punjab and Chandigarh administration on notice on a petition moved by a 1984 anti-Sikh riots victim, seeking relief on a par with that announced for such victims in 2006.
Petitioner Manjit Singh, a resident of Sector 45, pleaded that although he was given Rs 2 lakh as compensation by the Chandigarh administration, he was deprived of the relief announced for the riot victims residing in Punjab and Haryana as per a notification of the Union ministry of home affairs in January 2006.
The victim resided at Malviya Nagar in South Delhi at the time of the riots. Appearing for him, lawyer Arun William told the court that the petitioner’s house was looted and damaged during the riots, following which he and his family moved to Chandigarh.
The high court (HC) was told that in 2006 the Centre decided to pay ex gratia 10 times the losses incurred for damage to residential and commercial properties, excluding the amount already paid.
As per the approved rehabilitation package, Rs 714 crore was earmarked. The compensation was to be given by the home ministry to the victims in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Chandigarh. The assessment and disbursement was to be done by the states, the court was told.
The HC bench of justice MMS Bedi has sought a reply from the four respondents, including the Delhi government, by April 3.