[Anti-CAA Protests] FIRs Registered To Probe Property Damage, Claim Commissioner Appointed: Delhi HC

The Delhi High court passed a judgement on 31st   January, 2023. This was seen in the case of   Hinu Mahajan v. Union of India 2023/DHC/142 and he case was presided over by Hon’ble  Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad


The Petitioner  has filed the writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India in public interest, praying for the relief that :- Issue directions to the respondent no 1 to 3 to identify the persons who caused damage to public properties during unlawful protest with respect to the citizenship (amendment) act, 2019 and to recover the damages from them and to issue directions, thereby setting up an independent machinery to investigate the damage caused and to award compensation related thereto.


The Delhi High Court has disposed of a public interest litigation seeking recovery of damages from persons who allegedly indulged in destructionof public and private properties during the protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad observed that once Claim Commissioner has already been  appointed to consider grant of compensation and that FIRs have already been registered by Delhi police, no further orders are required to be passed in the matter.The court had issued notice in the PIL in March last year and sought responses from Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi Government and Delhi Police.
The court said :- “In the considered opinion of this Court, once the Claim Commissioner has already been appointed and is dealing with the issue in question for grant of compensation and further considering that FIRs have been registered, no further orders are required to be passed in the present writ petition. Accordingly, the petition is disposed of, along with pending application(s), if any.”

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