The Madras High Court on Friday directed the Dharmapuri Collector to verify the genuineness of the claims of persons who lost their certificates in the November 7 mob frenzy, and provide them the mark sheets/transfer/birth and community certificates and other necessary documents within six weeks.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices R. Banumathi and K. Ravichandrabaabu, was passing further interim orders on affidavits on behalf of those who had filed writ petitions enumerating the names of persons of Natham Colony, Annanagar and Kondampatty villages who had lost their documents.

Advocate-General A.L. Somayaji said in respect of those who had lost their educational certificates, steps would be taken immediately for verifying the genuineness and duplicate certificates would be issued.

As regards petitioners’ grievance about inadequate drinking water facilities the Collector, in his counter affidavit, had given details about the number of bore wells sunk and their location.

Insofar as the grievances that interim relief had not been disbursed to the affected families and relief was not adequate, the Bench said to identify the persons who lost their houses and provide relief as mandated under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, immediate steps should be taken to obtain a comprehensive report. As allegations had been levelled against the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police, the court said there was a need for some high-level officers to visit the affected villages and make enquiries.

Earlier, the court had ordered the appointment of U. Sagayam, former Madurai District Collector, to assist the Collector, Dharmapuri, in disbursing the amount to 326 families of the affected areas. Later, the government had expressed its difficulty in sparing the officer’s services.

The Advocate-General said he would get instructions from the government whether the services of the same officer could be spared or that of some other officers with aptitude to protect SC’s interests to inspect the affected areas and file a report. At the AG’s request, the Bench posted the matter for April 29.

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