New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the affidavit filed by Haryana deputy Commissioner in Mirchpur violence case and directed the state government secretary to file fresh affidavit in the damage caused to the railways and the public property during the agitations in the incident.

The apex court dismissed the state government’s affidavit after Solicitor General (SG) Rohinton Nariman told it that neither the Election Commission of India (ECI) nor the court can take action to de-recognise  the political party for any agitation or destruction of public property during any kind of protest.

The top court was hearing the Mirchpur violence case in which a 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter were killed in the fire and at least 18 houses were destroyed in the attack.

Mirchpur village in Hisar district hit the headlines last year when some people from the dominant upper caste Jat community set fire to a row of houses of Dalit (Balmiki) families April 21.

As many as 150 Dalit families were driven out of the village, about 300 km from Chandigarh, and their homes were torched. The trial of the youths accused of the arson attack was shifted to New Delhi in December following the directions of the Supreme Court.

A total of 98 Jat youths were arrested in the case and are currently lodged in a jail in New Delhi.

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