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SC orders Maharashtra government to ‘compensate families of missing persons’ in Bombay riots ThePipaNews


New Delhi: In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to trace and compensate the kin of those killed in the 1992-93 Bombay riots and reopen criminal cases stalled for failure to trace the accused. The court also held that the state government failed to protect the rights given to the people under Article 21 of the Constitution and to maintain law and order.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave the direction while hearing a petition filed by the 21-year-old, in which petitioner Shakeel Ahmed sought implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Srikrishna Commission. After the riots, the state government set up the commission to probe the violence.

At the same time, the court also said that the victims do not want to suffer due to ‘delay in disposal of writ petitions’.

The bench said that under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, every citizen has the right to live with human dignity. Article 21 deals directly with leading a meaningful and dignified life. If citizens are forced to live in an environment of communal tension, it affects their right to lead a dignified life guaranteed under Article 21.

The court also said that the continued communal tension is a violation of the guaranteed constitutional rights of the citizens of the country. The bench also pulled up the state government for its failure to stop the riots. According to the court order, 900 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured in the riots.

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