Justice in ’84 riots would have changed India: HC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jan 2018 08:42:59



Lack of punishment in such cases signifies the ‘beginning of the rot’ in the system, the bench observed


IF THOSE responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots had been punished back then, India would have been different now, the Delhi High Court on Monday said, while asking the police to take action against those involved in the recent attacks on properties of lawyers.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar observed that the lack of punishment in such cases signifies the ‘beginning of the rot’ in the system.

“If those responsible for 1984 riots had been punished, India would have been different,” the bench said and expressed concern over the safety of the common man on the street if senior lawyers were being attacked.
When the bench was informed that the police was in the process of lodging FIRs in connection with the incidents, that occurred on January 4, 8 and 22, the bench questioned the response time and asked it to expedite the forensic analysis of the evidence gathered from the site of the attacks.

The lawyers who have been at the receiving end of the arson attacks are those who have represented a woman lawyer who was allegedly assaulted by police officers and dragged out of the house she was residing in after a stalking case was lodged against her by a woman purportedly over a property dispute.

When the bench was informed that the entire issue emanated from a property dispute as a land mafia was allegedly involved in it, the court remarked, “It cannot be that the land mafia has grown to become a hydra.”

On January 9 and 22, arson attacks were made on the properties and cars of senior advocates Vikas Pahwa and Kirti Uppal, who is also the president of the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA), by using inflammable substances.
Uppal’s Hyundai Tucson car that was parked outside his house in South Delhi’s Nizamuddin West was set on fire by unidentified miscreants. On January 4, two cars -- a Maruti Swift and a Honda Amaze -- parked in the east Delhi house of advocate Ravi Sharma were allegedly torched by unidentified persons.