Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday set aside a 2011 state government order offering compensation to 70 Muslim youngsters who were wrongly detained and later acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.
In an order which is likely to have major ramifications, the High Court said the government went beyond its jurisdiction while awarding the compensation. The High Court further said that the aggrieved people should apply for compensation in a civil court, if at all.
In 2011, on the recommendation of the National Minorities Commission, the state government had offered Rs 20,000 to 50 Muslim youngsters and Rs 3 lakh each to 20 others who were arrested and allegedly tortured in police custody. As most of the amount has already been disbursed, the state government is likely to file an appeal.
The arrested Muslims had alleged that they were tortured in the police custody. The state government then decided to pay compensation to them as there was no involvement of those arrested in the case.
The state also decided to implement the recommendations made by the National Commission of Minorities to undo the injustices done to these youths.
Fourteen people were killed and 118 injured in the blasts and subsequent police firing on agitators.