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Court Order Directing Compensation to Jodhpur (June 1984) Sikh Detainees: Punjab AG Advises Government Against Filing Appeal

January 14, 2018 | By

Chandigarh: As per media reports the Advocate-General of Punjab has advised the statement government against filing of appeal against an Amritsar court order directing the Centre and state governments to award compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to 40 Sikhs who were detained in a Jodhpur jail for four to five years after invasion of Indian Army at Darbar Sahib Amritsar complex in June 1984.

As per The Tribune (TT), [i]n his four-page opinion submitted to the state government, A-G Atul Nanda has asserted that the court had appropriately appreciated the evidence on record and there was merit in its findings.

“After analysing the evidence on record before the court, I am of the opinion that the case at hand is not a fit case for preferring of a second appeal. The appellate Court has passed a well-reasoned judgement after appreciating the facts and the evidence; and such judgment is in consonance with law”, A-G Nanda reportedly asserted.

RELATED NEWS: → Amritsar Court Orders Grant Of Compensation to 40 Jodhpur (June 1984) Detainees (2017/04/13)

Referring to one of the cases, Atul Nanda observed that a suit seeking Rs 10 lakh compensation was initially instituted in February, 1991, on the grounds of illegal custody, torture, permanent loss of employment and malicious prosecution. Alleging false implication in an FIR, the plaintiff-victim alleged that he was tortured mentally and physically. His religious feelings were hurt and he was abused.

The suit for damages was initially dismissed. The plaintiff filed an appeal. Taking up the matter, the appellate Court reversed the Trial Court judgment, vide order dated April 12, 2017, and awarded compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the plaintiffs.

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