Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to expeditiously process the applications seeking compensation for the victims of Delhi riots in accordance with its Office Order dated 05/03/20.
The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla further directed that the Delhi Government shall accept such applications on its presentation without insisting on furnishing a copy of the FIR.
The order has come in a writ petition seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to accept and process the applications submitted by the victims of Delhi riots under the Delhi Government Assistance Scheme.
The Petitioners demanded the Delhi Government to release an amount of Rs. 25,000/- to bank accounts of Petitioners immediately pending acceptance/evaluation of their claims.
In addition to this, the Petitioners wanted court to issue directions to the Respondents to launch an online portal (or revive the older one) for filing of fresh compensation forms and tracking status of compensation forms within a week and to deploy a team in North East Delhi to help victims/Petitioners in filing and tracking their forms online.
The Petitioners argued that since the delay has been caused in processing these applications, the Delhi Government should pay 12% interest to each of the Petitioners from the date of damage caused in the riots till date of payment of amounts.
It was also argued by the Petitioners that the Respondents should disburse an additional amount of ₹5,00,000 to each of the Petitioners in light of the delay caused by the Respondents and the impact of lockdown.
While disposing of the petition, the court also asked the Delhi Government to look into the grievance of non-functioning of the online portal and rectify the same by the earliest.
Advocates for the Petitioner: Mr.Rajshekhar Rao, Ms.Anchal Tikmani, Ms.Mishika Singh, Mr.Raghav Kacker, Ms.Sonal Sarda & Mr.Areeb Amanullah.
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