The Supreme Court of India took up a petition filed by victims of the Delhi violence and will be hearing the matter on Wednesday. The petitioners, who are victims of the violence that has claimed 46 lives so far, have sought FIR against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra and others who gave hate speeches in Delhi.
The PIL has been filed by 10 people from Northeast Delhi who are victims of the communal clashes that rocked the national capital over 3 days. The petitioners have demanded immediate FIRs against Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Pravesh Verma and all others who have made hate speeches and incited violence.
The petitioners have also sought an SIT with officers from outside Delhi to probe the violence. They have also demanded that the Army should be called in to maintain law and order in the affected areas of northeast Delhi.
The petitioners from northeast Delhi have also sought probe by an inquiry committee headed by retired judge to look at the police’s role in the clashes.
While raising the cases on Delhi violence, advocate Colin Gonsalves said even last night people have died and the Delhi High Court is delaying the hearing.
To this, CJI SA Bobde said, “We are not saying people should die but this kind of pressure the court can’t handle. It raises expectations that this court can stop rioting. We can only step in once something has happened.”
“We will hear the matter but it must be understood that court come on to the scene after something is done. The court cannot stop it. We wish for peace but we know there are limitations on our power,” said CJI Bobde.
The petition on Delhi violence that will be heard after two days has also sought exemplary compensation to all victims.
The petition has said the list of people who have been detained by police and paramilitary should also be made public and all CCTV footage of the riot-affected areas should be preserved.
The petition has also sought that postmortem reports of the victims of violence should be immediately released to the families.