Over 500 cases lodged for property damage ‘during anti-CAA protests’, HC told

Have initiated appropriate legal action against persons involved in damaging public and private properties, Delhi Police tells High Court in response to a PIL seeking compensation

September 22, 2022 01:30 am | Updated 02:16 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Security personnel conducting flag march in north-east Delhi in February 2020.

Security personnel conducting flag march in north-east Delhi in February 2020. | Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO

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Delhi Police told the High Court on Wednesday that it has registered 535 cases of damage to public and private properties “during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in 2019 and 2020”.

In an affidavit, filed on the orders of the High Court, the police submitted that they have initiated “appropriate legal action against the persons involved in causing damage to public and private properties during the protest”.

The Delhi High Court had appointed Justice Sunil Gaur (retd.) as “Claim Commissioner” to investigate claims of property damage and award compensation.

The Claim Commissioner has, as per the police’s affidavit, passed its judgment in eight separate cases of damages to shops and vehicles during the riots that broke out in north-east Delhi following the protests.

Most of the FIRs registered for damage to public and private properties are either in the stage of “pending investigation” or “pending trial”, the court was informed.

Delhi Police said that due to the measures taken by it, the violence was contained in a few days.

On March 21 this year, the High Court sought the response of the Centre, Delhi government and Delhi Police to a PIL filed by a lawyer and a student, who sought the setting up of an independent body to investigate the damages and award compensation.

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