Maoists want SC verdict correctedAn alliance of six Maoist parties on Wednesday demanded that the recent verdict of the Supreme Court, which curtails the jurisdiction of the newly-formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission
A meeting held at UCPN (Maoist) party headquarters said war-era cases are political ones and they should be dealt accordingly but not through regular court proceedings. The UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance also decided to organise nation-wide protests on April 2 against the apex court verdict.
The alliance warned that it will not support the transitional justice mechanism if amendments are not made through political decisions. The alliance is of the view that all the war-era cases should be resolved at political level and there should be a reconciliatory approach.
The parties also decided to submit a memorandum on the matter to the government. “If the verdict is implemented, it will break the ongoing peace process,” said Haribol Gajurel, a Maoist leader.
The apex court, on February 26, had given its verdict that cases sub judice in court cannot be dealt with by the commissions, as they fall under the purview of the judiciary. The court maintained that the provision of amnesty in the TRC law is against the established principles of justice, constitutional provision, international law and its earlier order.
On less serious crimes where amnesty is permissible, the court has made it mandatory to take consent of the victims. Chairpersons and senior leaders of UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist, CPN (Unified), Revolutionary Communist Party, Matrika Yadav-led CPN (Maoist) and CPN Maoist attended the meeting.