However, the bench of Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra and Justice PC Pant said the state government’s scheme of paying ex gratia of Rs 50,000 for damaged residential and commercial properties would apply to religious properties too.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Gujarat government. The petition challenged the high court order that directs it to pay compensation to over 500 shrines damaged during the 2002 riots. This happened post the Godhra incident.
Additional solicitor general, Tushar Mehta, who was representing the state government, said “our plea has been allowed.”
The state told the court it was eager to pay ex gratia amount for repair and reconstruction works of various structures, shops and houses which were shattered.