Converting a letter into a public interest litigation,the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court,Ranjan Gogoi,today issued notices to the Haryana government on a letter alleging that a juvenile is being kept behind bars in complete contravention of rules.
The letter reads that the juvenile,presently kept in Gurgaon Jail,is an accused in eight different cases registered by Delhi and Gurgaon police. The juvenile sought legal aid from the National Legal Services Authority for the case in the Gurgaon Juvenile Justice Board. Haryana State Legal Services Authority through the District Legal Services Authority,Gurgaon had provided a lawyer to him. However,it has been alleged that the lawyer had not conducted the case properly and had been demanding money from the parents of the juvenile. Another lawyer was engaged but all his bail applications were rejected not only by the Juvenile Justice Board but also by the Sessions Court. The letter written by a social worker reads that the said juvenile has been acquitted/discharged in all the cases pending against him.
The letter mentions a report of the jailor that the juvenile is being taken care of by two convicts in the jail. His lodging with the convicts is not at all conducive to the reformative objective of the Juvenile Justice Act,2000 reads the letter.