HC defers hearing on PIL on Marad report

via www.dailypioneer.com published on May 5, 2006

A division bench of the Kerala High Court deferred the hearing on the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking publishing of Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission report until the court reopens after summer vacation on May 22.

The petitioner, People’s Forum for Natural Justice, alleges that non-publishing of the commission report on the riots that claimed nine lives at Marad in Kozhikode in May 2003 is “illegal, irregular and arbitrary”.

The petition highlights Government “inaction” in resorting to follow-up action, though the report was submitted on February 20 this year.

They further allege that the Government is treating the report as a ‘secret document’ and has not examined or taken any action on it till date. The Commission, Thomas P Joseph was to examine the various aspects of the riots including the circumstances that led to it, involvement of any external or internal organisations in the planning and execution of the incident and any lapses on the part of the police or the administrative machinery.

The petitioner points out that the Government is bound to take followup action on the basis of the commission’s report to prevent any such incidents in the future. As the findings of the commission are ‘vital’, it should be brought to the notice of the public, the petitioner demands.

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