Police assault petition 2007 on NPP activists in SC Ghulam Nabi Azad Govt. accused by petitioners

A Supreme Court Division Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur with Mrs. Justice R. Banumathi after hearing the counsels for the Panthers Party namely, Mr. K.K. Venugopal, Sr. Advocate & J&K Counsel Mr. Puneeth K.G. Advocate in the writ petition of J&K National Panthers Party which filed in 2007 against the murderous attack by the J&K Police at the highway near Katra in Reasi District directed the Counsel of J&K State Mr. Puneeth K.G. to provide a copy of the video filed by J&K to the counsel opposite within two weeks. Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate also appeared with Mr. K.K. Venugopal, Sr. Advocate appearing for J&K National Panthers Party leaders namely, Ms.Anita Thakur (General Secretary), Mr. H.C. Jalmeria, Advocate (General Secretary) & Mr. P.K. Ganjoo (Sr. Journalist) whose writ petition was admitted by the Supreme Court in 2007. The Panthers Party activists are demanding criminal proceedings against the J&K Police and others who had assaulted the Panthers Party leaders and other migrants while they were peacefully marching from Reasi to Delhi to stage a dharna in front of the Parliament of India seeking implementation of Supreme Court order/ judgment dated July, 2007. The Supreme Court had directed J&K Govt. after hearing an SLP filed by J&K Govt. against the order of the High Court that the migrants of Jammu province should be given relief at par with Kashmiri migrants. The Supreme Court in its order had also directed the Union of India and J&K Govt. to pay all the arrears (between 2004-2007) to the Jammu Migrants who had not been paid/provided even a penny as relief. The High Court of J&K in its order dated 2002 had directed the Union of India and the State Govt. to pay relief to the migrants of Jammu province at par with Kashmiri Migrants. The State of J&K went in appeal before the Supreme Court. Prof.Bhim Singh represented the Jammu Migrants. The two governments refused to implement the order.


J&K Govt. went in appeal against the order of the J&K High Court which was rejected by the Surpeme Court with a clear order to pay a compensation/relief to the Jammu Migrants at par with Kashmiri Migrants. The Supreme Court had also directed that arrears due to the Jammu Migrants should also be paid immediately. The J&K Govt. had admitted before the Supreme Court that the arrears between 2004 to 2007 were calculated to be Rs.21 crores. The two governments refused to pay the arrears admitting that there were 2021 migrant families of Jammu. The matter was taken before the Legislative Council by Prof.Bhim Singh, Member of the Legislative Council and Govt. of J&K had accepted that the arrears due to the Jammu Migrants amounted to over Rs.21 crores. The Govt. of J&K refused to pay any arrears. Till today Jammu Migrants have not been given identity cards as migrants. About 400 families who have been provided some broken accommodation at Reasi Hydel Project, Talwara were not paid regularly since 2007 also. Prof.Bhim Singh informed the Supreme Court in its contempt petition. Aggrieved by unjust and contemptuous approach of the Union of India and State Govt. the Jammu Migrants camping at Talwara camps took a peaceful march on Talwara to Delhi to seek justice from Govt. of India as per directions of the the Supreme Court of India.

          The Govt. of J&K assaulted the Panthers Party activists who were accompanying the Jammu Migrants from Reasi to Delhi. The migrants were assaulted and the Panthers Party activists including Ms. Anita Thakur & Mr. H.C. Jalmeria, Advocate (General Secretaries) and a Sr. Journalist, Mr. P.K. Ganjoo were assaulted, beaten and detained.

          The case has been pending before the Supreme Court since 2007 since the writ petition was admitted and Rule was issued with clear direction to pay all the balance arrears to the Jammu Migrants. The matter had come before a Division Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice T.S. Thakur.

          The case was listed for final hearing after about seven years after the Rule was issued in 2007. The Division Bench after hearing Shri K.K. Venugopal, Sr. Advocate for the Panthers Party petitioners directed the counsel of Govt. of J&K to file any document or the film before court within two weeks and provide copies to the petitioners. Shri K.K. Venugopal, Sr. Advocate appearing for the petitioners made a strong plea for the intervention of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to ensure delivery of justice to the Jammu Migrants as well as to the petitioners. The Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice directed the Counsel for J&K Govt. to provide the materials, the documentary films to the petitioners. Shri Venugopal on the other hand presented the documentary films showing brutal attack on the Panthers Party petitioners and other workers while they were requesting the police to allow them to continue their march towards Delhi for the sake of justice and equity.

Others who assisted Shri K.K. Venugopal, Sr Advocate included Mr. D.K. Garg, B.S. Billowria and others.