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DAMAGES RECOVERY BILL

DAMAGES RECOVERY BILL

Context

The state Assembly of Haryana recently passed the “Haryana Recovery of damages to property during disturbance to public Bill, 2021” in an attempt to recover compensation for the damages caused to property during protests.

Details

  • The first such bill was passed by the state government of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Haryana state Assembly passed the bill with a voice vote.

About the Bill

  • It provides for recovery of damages to properties caused by persons during disturbances to public order by an assembly, lawful or unlawful, including riots and violent disorder.
  • It also ensures compensation to the victims.
  • The recovery will not only be made from those who indulge in violence but also from those who lead the protest, the organizers, those involved in its planning and provide encouragement and the participants.
  • The provision for the constitution of Claims Tribunal to determine the liability, to assess the damages caused and to award compensation.
  • The power to attach property or bank account of any person against whom an award has been passed by the Claims Tribunal to pay compensation.
  • Any person aggrieved by the award passed by the Claims Tribunal may file an appeal before the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.

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