SC Rejects Plea Seeking Directions To Hold An Inquiry In Communal Violence Case

Supreme Court

New Delhi: Advocate Vishal Tiwari had filed a plea appealing judicial commission to probe the recent communal violence in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri and in seven other states during Ram Navami. His plea has been rejected by the Supreme Court, on April 26.

The plea was dismissed by a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai.

“You want an inquiry to be headed by former CJI (Chief Justice of India)? Is anybody free? Find out… What kind of relief is this… Don’t ask for such reliefs which can’t be granted by this court. Dismissed,” the judges said.

The advocate, in his plea, had sought directions to hold an inquiry into the communal clashes witnessed by few states of India during Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti celebrations. In addition, the Public Interest Litigation requested that a similar committee be established to investigate the arbitrary actions of ‘bulldozer Justice’ in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.

“Such actions are absolutely discriminatory and do not fit into the notion of democracy and rule of law,” the petition said.

Earlier this month, people from two communities clashed during the Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in Jahangirpuri. In the clashes eight policemen and a civilian were injured. So far police has arrested 27 people in connection with violence.

Following the conflicts, bulldozers demolished many concrete and temporary structures near a mosque in the area last week. This action was taken as part of a BJP-led civic body’s anti-encroachment push, which was halted by the Supreme Court.

Before this, clashes broke out in five states while celebrating Ram Navami. The five states are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

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