Supreme Court impleads CEC in JKNPP writ petition in J&K floods victims’ case

A division bench of the Supreme Court of India headed by Justice Mr. H.L. Dattu, Chief Justice of India comprising JJ Mr. Madan B. Lokur & Mr. A.K. Sikri today added Election Commission of India as a respondent in the writ petition filed by J&K National Panthers Party and others. The Supreme Court after hearing the petitioners and Prof.Bhim Singh on behalf of JKNPP directed that the counsel for the Election Commission of India to appear before the court on 7th December, 2014.

Earlier Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr.Advocate appearing for JKNPP submitted that the election process has started whereas relief work cannot be stopped for nearly two months because thousands of people need immediate relief and their rehabilitation has to be carried at the earliest before the advent of winter in several parts of the state.

English: The supreme court of india. Taken abo...

English: The supreme court of india. Taken about 170 m from the main building outside the perimeter wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prof.Bhim Singh strongly argued against the Union of India and the Govt. of J&K for not caring to declare the situation in J&K caused by devastation of floods as National Disaster. He said that the first prayer in the petition of the Panthers Party is to the Supreme Court that the Union of India may be directed to declare the present situation as National Disaster so that the National Disaster Response Fund may take up the matter for the rehabilitation of the flood victims directly with the State Disaster Response Fund. He also reminded the court that the court in its order dated 10.10.2014 had directed the Union of India and Govt. of J&K to file reply to all the issues raised petitioners which included the demand for declaring the situation the state as National Disaster. He informed the court that the Prime Minister during his visit to Srinagar on 06.09.2014 had described the situation caused by fury of floods as ‘National Disaster’. He also said that the Supreme Court itself in its order 12.09.2014 had mentioned the situation so caused as ‘Natural Disaster’.

          Prof.Bhim Singh also made a strong plea that the Govt. of J&K had made a statement in the court on 10.10.2014 that JCB machines and other necessary efforts shall be utilized to dig out/recover dead bodies from village Sadal in Panchari (Udhampur) and from village Laam in Noshera Tehsil of Rajouri District. He said there are 20 dead bodies still remain buried under debris in village Sadal and 14 in village Laam causing unimaginable degree of tension and pain for the families.

Prof.Bhim Singh submitted in the court that the committee constituted by the court has submitted its interim report and the committee may be directed to submit its up-to-date report. He said that the committee members have not been provided any facility or transportation etc. during their movement in the washed area in connection with their investigation work assigned to them. Besides, he submitted that the government has not cared to file any reply on the interim report already submitted in the court.

The Supreme Court directed both the Union of India as well as the State of J&K to file replies in details when this case comes for hearing on 07.12.2014.