Punjab CM Amarinder meets the delegation of '1984 Operation Bluestar' detenus, assures them of persuading centre 

In April last year the Government of India, had moved to Punjab and Haryana High Court against the compensation awarded to the detenus by the District and Sessions Court of Amritsar.

Published: 24th June 2018 12:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2018 12:47 AM   |  A+A-

Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder SIngh. (File Photo)


CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today assured a delegation of Jodhpur detenus of all efforts by his government to persuade the Centre to withdraw its appeal against a court order granting compensation to them.

The chief minister gave a "sympathetic and patient hearing" to the detainees, who were arrested and detained in the Jodhpur prison following the 'Operation Bluestar' in 1984.

The chief minister told them that the state government was pursuing the matter with the Government of India, which had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the compensation awarded to them by the District and Sessions Court of Amritsar in April last year.

He had already written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard, the chief minister told the delegation, according to an official release.

The chief minister said he had appealed to the central government to pay, without further delay, half the compensation amount of Rs. 4.5 crore that was awarded by the court.

In a letter to the Union Home Minister, the chief minister had on Wednesday said the central government's appeal against the compensation, which the court had held to be jointly payable by the central and state governments, had evoked a strong reaction amongst the Sikh community.

It was further likely to lead to an avoidable sense of alienation and perceived injustice among the community, the chief minister warned.

A total of 375 persons were arrested and detained in Jodhpur jail in the wake of the 'Operation Bluestar', and were later released in three batches, between March 1989 and July 1991.

Of these, 224 detainees had appealed for compensation in the lower court, alleging "wrongful detention and torture" but they failed to get any relief from the court in 2011.

However, 40 of the detainees went in appeal to the District & Sessions Court, Amritsar, and were awarded Rs four lakh each as compensation with six per cent interest (from the date of filing of the appeal to the payment of compensation) in April last year.

The court had held the central and the state governments as jointly liable for payment of the compensation, and although the Punjab government had given an undertaking to the court to pay half the amount, the Union Government had moved an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the order.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp