Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath ordering the attachment of properties belonging to vandals as a solution to recover the losses has raised many eyebrows. But there is a precedence to it.
Bengaluru: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said that the properties belonging to those who indulged in vandalism in the name of protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in his state would be attached in order to recover the losses caused due to the mayhem.
He had said, “We will attach their properties because many faces had been identified through the video footage.”
However, there were many who questioned the move of the chief minister and even went to the extent of saying that he was targeting Muslims.
But there is nothing to worry as the move is based on an Allahabad high court in 2010 that allowed the government to recover losses.
In fact, in the year 2017, the Punjab and Haryana high court ordered the attachment of properties belonging to Dera Sacha Sauda in relation to the massive vandalism caused after he was found guilty in a case.
Back to the issue of attaching properties of vandals in UP, an order was issued by the district magistrate on Saturday night that additional district magistrate (ADM) (East), ADM West, ADM Trans-Gomti and ADM administration would be a part of the committee that will assess the damage caused to property and fix the responsibility, as reported by India Today.
The committee will receive representation from those who have suffered losses and also assess damage to public property. Those responsible for the violence will be identified through CCTV footage and video recording made in different areas.
The process will be completed within 30 days.
Uttar Pradesh witnessed some of the worst riots in the name of opposition to the CAA. More than 10 people have lost their lives in the melee.
On the other hand, the CAA, passed by both houses of the Indian Parliament, aims to grant citizenship to religiously persecuted Hindus and non-Muslims in the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Last Updated Dec 23, 2019, 8:53 AM IST