UP was negligent in preventing Muzaffarnagar riots: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held the UP government led by Akhilesh Yadav prima facie responsible for negligence in preventing communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas but refused to direct a CBI or SIT probe into the cases.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam passed a slew of directions for proper investigation in the cases and for rehabilitation of victims of the communal clashes.
“We prima facie hold the state government responsible for negligence in preventing such incidents,” it said.
The court said that the state government was taking proper action and had constituted a special investigation cell for conducting probe into various cases and there was no need for a direction for a CBI or SIT probe at this juncture.
It directed the state authorities to bring to book all accused persons irrespective of their political affiliations.
It also directed that the victims and their family members be given protection by the state government till the completion of trial.
The bench passed the order on a batch of petitions filed by various people including riot victims seeking its direction to the state government for proper probe into the cases and for a CBI investigation.
The petitions had sought the court’s direction to New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh government to find out the reason behind the communal clashes in the state.
The PILs had also sought that the affected persons should be properly rehabilitated and the culprits behind the violence must be brought to book.
The communal violence, which had broken out on September 7, last year in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining towns, had claimed over 50 people, mostly Muslims. It left 85 others injured and rendered 51,000 people, mostly Muslims, homeless.
The PIL was filed by Mohammed Haroon and others in the apex court.
The counsel for the petitioners had earlier submitted that the situation in Western districts was grim as mobs had set ablaze many religious places, shops and houses.
—PTI