Prevention and Recovery of Damage to Public and Private Property MP Act 2022; State Government Notifies Claims Tribunal Rules

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The state government on Saturday notified rules under the Public and Private Property Recovery Act regarding the operation and jurisdictional details of the claims tribunal set up in connection with the Ram Navami violence that took place in Khargone earlier this month, officials said.

The state government had formed a two-member court, headed by retired district judge, Dr. Shivkumar Mishra and having retired state government secretary, Prabhat Parashar as a member, to recover the damages from those involved in the violence during the April 10 Ram Navami celebrations in Khargone.

In accordance with the Notice to the Official Gazette of Rules under ‘Madhya Pradesh Lok Evam Niji Sampatti ko Nuksan Ki Vasuli Adhiniyam’, the claim for compensation shall not diminish in the event of the death of the affected party at any stage of the proceedings and shall be recoverable from his property. .

According to the rules, the state government will send a panel of three officials, and the president of the court may appoint the panel’s claims commissioner to assist the court.

The notification informed that Hindi will be the working language of the court, which may decide on the closed hearing, witnesses giving evidence under oath.

The relevant District Collector will take necessary action for recovery following court verdicts, the notice said, adding that a party aggrieved by any order or decision made by the court may file an appeal within 90 days before the High Court.

The law, which provides for the recovery of losses from individuals and organizations responsible for damaging public and private property during protests and riots, was passed by the Assembly of Deputies in December last year.

The two-member panel of retired judge Mishra and retired bureaucrat Parashar is expected to complete its work within three months, officials said.

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The Madhya Pradesh assembly had passed the Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property and Damage Recovery Bill by voice vote in December last year. The bill contained provisions for the establishment of a tribunal that would consider property damage claims during riots or public demonstrations.

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Posted: Sunday 01 May 2022, 00:53 IST

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