Gujjar violence: SC declines to order on petition
New Delhi, July 9: The Supreme Court today declined to pass any general order on a petition seeking directions to Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police chiefs not to harass or implicate the innocent in false cases related to the violence which took place during Gujjars' agitation last month.
Large scale damage was caused to public and private property in the agitation started by Gujjars in support of their demand for grant of Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan like the Meena community.
Petitioner Devender Singh Patel, National Secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Gujjar Vikas Sangathan, contended before a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran that investigation should also be carried out against the political leaders including Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and senior BJP leader and former Union Miniter Jaswant Singh to ascertain the role played by them in instigating violence in the week-long agitation and appropriate legal action to be taken against them if found guilty. The Court, however, directed the petitioner to approach the Consent Committee appointed by the apex court to look into the matter.
The Court, however, made it clear that if any individual cases of harassment are brought to its notice by the aggrieved person, it will certainly look into them.
The apex court had taken suo motu cognizance of the media reports showing large scale damage being caused to public and private properties by agitating members of the Gujjar community and had sought details from the police chiefs of the concerned state of the action taken by the police against the culprits as well as the action proposed to be taken against the agitators.
The Court appointed two committees, one headed by former Supreme Court Judge K T Thomas and the other by Senior Counsel S S Nariman to suggest ways to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in future.