The Supreme Court recently dismissed a lawyer's plea seeking direction to Parliament to enact a law providing a uniform scheme of compensation for persons who are affected by violence and other tragedies.
"No mandamus can be issued to Parliament as a legislating body to enact legislation. ", said the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.
B.S. Rajesh Agrajith, a lawyer, had approached the Apex Court by filing a Public Interest Litigation. He prayed for issuing direction to Centre to formulate, enact and implement a strong uniform scheme for awarding compensation for mis-happenings, deaths due to Terrorism or Maoist violence or mob lynching etc, rape victims etc. The prayers sought were as follows:
"The prayers are hence misconceived. Moreover, whether any scheme should at all be framed by the executive is a matter of policy. We, therefore, decline to entertain the petition under Article 32 of the Constitution.", the bench said.
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