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SUPREME COURT ‘HOPES’ PROPOSED LAW TO DEAL WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTIES DURING BANDHS/HARTALS/AGITATIONS WILL BE BROUGHT INTO FORCE SOON BY CENTRE

The Supreme Court has expressed its hope that the proposed central law to deal with all issues of bandhs/hartals/agitations and consequent destruction of private and public property, will be brought into force within a reasonable time.

The Supreme Court was disposing a plea filed by Koshy Jacob, an advocate, seeking direction for implementation of guidelines issued by this court in Destruction of Public and Private Properties, In Re v. State of Andhra Pradesh and Others. He submitted before the court that large number of strikes/agitations have taken place, resulting in destruction of public property and also resulting in violation of fundamental right of the people for which suitable remedy is not available to the aggrieved victims.

In response to the plea, the Central Government briefed the court that the process has been initiated for amendment of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice and a draft has been prepared and published on the website seeking comments of the public and other stake-holders. The government also told the court that the law may provide for speedy mechanism for criminal liability, action for administrative failures as well as remedies to the victims.