The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to challenge the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case verdict in Delhi High Court, almost three months after a city court acquitted 16 former PAC personnel accused of killing 48 Muslim men in Meerut.
“The decision to challenge the verdict was taken on May 8 itself, when we had sent a letter to the Delhi High Court with regards to admitting our plea. We are hopeful that the plea will be admitted either on May 22 or May 25,” Additional Advocate General Zafaryab Jilani said.
Jeelani said that a draft of the appeal has already been sent to the concerned lawyers in Delhi and the appeal will be filed immediately after getting their opinion. “The state government wants to file the petition as soon as possible. Therefore, all efforts are on to ensure that it is filed before May 29, that is, before the court closes for summer recess,” he said.
He was talking to reporters on a day when Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav met Hashimpura survivors at is residence here. Mulayam gave an assurance of Rs 5 lakh compensation to kin of each Hashimpura massacre victim .
“It is a fact that those who were killed in Hashimpura were youths and thus their families lost source of livelihood. SP chief has assured that compensation of Rs five lakh to each victim’s family will be provided,” said Samajwadi Party MLC Ashu Malik, who led the Hashimpura victims’ delegation.
Mulayam also assured them of positive action on two other demands including making Gyan Prakash committee report public and filing appeal in High Court, Malik said.
The delegation also included members of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and six member Hashimpura Insaf Committee, which gave a list of 121 persons from Hashimpura and Maliyana carnage for compensation. On Wednesday, a delegation of Maliayana carnage victims will meet Mulayam.
On May 9, cabinet Azam Khan had announced in Aligarh that SP would take steps for fighting a legal battle on behalf of the Hashimpura victims. Khan had also said that he will be organising a candle-light march to Rajghat in New Delhi on May 21 on the eve of 28th anniversary of the massacre.