PIL Filed Challenging Muzaffarnagar Riots’ Report


Lucknow:  A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, challenging Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission’s report on the Muzaffarnagar riots.

The PIL has been filed by Allama Zafar Naqvi.

The report, which was tabled in Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Sunday, had come under cloud after a social activist has challenged its constitution in first place.

The Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission has blamed the “negligence” of the local administration, the “failure” of the intelligence agencies and exaggerated reporting in the social and print media for the communal riots that left over 60 persons dead and 60,000 homeless in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts.

The commission was constituted to probe the reasons for the riots and the administrative lapses in controlling the violence.

The 775-page report was tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Sunday.

Though the former Allahabad High Court judge identified 14 causes for the violence, he has not indicted any SP leader or senior official or police officer.

The commission said no further action would be taken against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, who had uploaded on YouTube a provocative fake video that was shot in Pakistan, until the investigation was completed.

No penal action would be taken against the then BSP MP for an inflammatory speech.


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