SC warns protesters to not damage public property

SansadTV Bureau

supreme_courtThe Supreme Court has voiced its concern on the damage done to public property by violent protesters. The court said that it will lay down parameters to fix accountability for the losses caused to public property.

“We will lay down parameters for fixing accountabilities for the damage caused to public properties during agitations. You cannot burn the country’s or its citizens’ property….We must take a call on the issue and we would frame guidelines for taking action against people indulging in such acts,” the bench said.

It further said, “The country must know what are the consequences. No one can take the country to ransom during agitations…Whether it is BJP or Congress or any other organisation, they must realise that they can be held accountable for the damage to the public property.”

The bench’s observatinon came while hearing a plea of Gujarat Pattidar leader Hardik Patel seeking quashing of FIR lodged against him.

But the bench said that it had decided to look into the larger issue of damage to public properties during agitations and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday.

On January 14, the apex court had asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to assist it in dealing with cases where public property has been damaged in large scale.

While hearing the appeal of quota stir leader Hardik Patel in a criminal case, the apex court had also directed Gujarat Police to provide him an English translation of its charge sheet filed in the case against him and others for allegedly instigating Patel community members to kill policemen.

(With inputs from PTI)