NaMo government balks at swallowing ‘mosque compensation’ pill!

AHMEDABAD: The Narendra Modi government had refused to repair mosques and shrines damaged during the 2002 anti-muslim riots in Gujarat, pleading that doing so would endanger the ‘secular’ nature of the state. When the Supreme court slammed them, Narendra Modi’s government is trying delaying tactics. The court had ordered them to come up with a compensation plan in February. It’s October now. So much for Narendra Modi’s governance!

The Supreme Court has granted two more weeks to Gujarat government for preparation of a scheme of compensation towards damages caused to mosques and shrines during the 2002 riots.

The government sought one-week extension to come up for the scheme on the ground that it could not prepare the scheme of compensation by October 1 as it had assured earlier. The original petitioner Islamic Relief Committee, Gujarat requested for expediting the process. Further hearing on this subject is now kept on October 17, and by then the government is expected to come up with its compensation package.

After the state government assured the court that it would pay compensation for damaged religious structures on August 27, the court ordered to stay all processes – of survey and assessment as well as processing the claims by religious trusts – about compensation.

The case is before the apex court after Gujarat the high court on February 8 last year asked the state government to compensate the damages and criticized the government for its failure to protect people and property in 2002. The state government approached the SC.

Gujarat government has taken this U-turn suddenly after intensely protesting the demand to restore and repair the shrines damaged during the riots for 9-long years. It put up long legal battle in the high court against a Muslim group -IRCG, which sought compensation on the ground that the state is the custodian of life and property and it had failed miserably to protect them during the communal violence.

The state government had maintained before the high court that since it is a secular state, it was not liable to finance for repair of religious places. If it is compelled to do so, it would be a violation of constitutional provisions and would harm its image as a secular state.

IRCG had moved the high court in 2003 seeking directions to the state government to get nearly 535 religious places, mostly shrines and mosques that were damaged during the communal violence, repaired.

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