Lynching case: Maharashtra government informs HC that Rs. 10 lakh compensation will given to kin

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it will be paying Rs 10 lakh compensation to the father of Mohsin Sheikh, who was lynched by a mob of Hindus in Pune in 2014. This comes after Sadiq Sheikh moved the High Court seeking compensation under the scheme providing monetary help for victims of communal violence.

A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Makarand Karnik was informed that the government will be paying Rs 10 lakh compensation, as sought by Sadiq in his plea. Pursuant to orders of the bench, additional government pleader Manish Pabale on Thursday said the government has decided to pay the compensation amount to Sadiq, within a period of one week.

The bench accordingly adjourned Sadiq’s plea for two weeks. Through this fresh petition, Sadiq sought Rs 10 lakh compensation from the state as well as from the Union government (Rs five lakh from each). He sought compensation under the scheme which provides monetary help to victims of communal violence.

Mohsin (24), an IT professional, was allegedly lynched by members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS). He along with his friends was returning from a mosque when HRS members allegedly attacked him and assaulted him, resulting in his death. The incident took place in the backdrop of some objectionable post against Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, wherein communal riots had taken place in Pune. The police had arrested HRS chief Dhananjay Desai, who is still behind the bars and the trial is yet to conclude.

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