New Delhi: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday rejected Public Interest Litigation seeking constitution of SIT or CBI inquiry in Amritsar Train Accident. “The PIL is more of a political interest litigation as how can chief guest or govt be held responsible when people themselves were wrong in standing on track,” the court said.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a Gurugram-based lawyer Dinesh Kumar Dakoria. He had sought directions for court monitored probe, besides seeking a direction to set up a commission under retired or sitting justices of the High Court for assessment and estimation of personal losses for granting adequate compensation.
Dakoria had also demanded issuance of guidelines for duties and responsibilities of elected members in connection with their respective constituencies and the people thereof. The petitioner stated that the elected members disown their responsibility, leaving the people in the lurch.
“Order/direction may be issued to Municipal Corporation Amritsar including state police to investigate the lapses which caused the said unfortunate incident and appropriate action should be taken to deter future incident like this,” the petitioner stated.
Earlier on October 19, on the occasion of Dussehra, at least 60 people were crushed to death and over 50 sustained injuries after a DMU train ran over them in Choura Bazar near Jhoda Phatak area of Amritsar. They were standing on the railway track to watch the burning of Ravan’s effigy.