Supreme Court to issue new rules over damage to public property


DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued new rules on Thursday on  damage to public property during agitations.
A bench headed by Justice JS Khehar sought Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s assistance in laying down a set of guidelines to deal with the issue.

There are judgments of this court that there should be recovery for damages and destruction of public property.

Unless we deal with it, you may not be able to do it… It is a matter of setting the country in order”, Justice Khehar told the Attorney General.

In April 2009, the SC had laid down guidelines for recovery of damages from those destructing public property during protests.

Indicating that prima facie, there was material to show that arson was committed during the quota stir launched by Hardik Patel, the bench said judicial intervention was required as politically it might not be possible to deal with the issue. The bench asked the Gujarat police to provide an English translation of the two charge sheets filed against Patel.