From court: Child labour PIL: HC slaps Rs 10,000 fine on Delhi government

A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath expressed displeasure after the counsel for the Delhi Police submitted some tabulation sheets instead of the report before the court.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 12:59 am

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday imposed Rs 10,000 as cost on the city government after its failure to file a “comprehensive” report relating to the number of child labourers rescued and action taken against their employers since 2009.

A bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath expressed displeasure after the counsel for the Delhi Police submitted some tabulation sheets instead of the report before the court.

“We don’t want the tabulation sheet but the report over the issue. We wanted to know whether you continued with raids since our last order in March this year. This court had,earlier,directed to rescue at least 500 children per month,” the bench said and imposed the cost on the Delhi government.

The court had sought the report on rescue of child labourers on a PIL filed by Save the Childhood Foundation,an NGO,seeking elimination of child labour from the capital.

Earlier,the petitioner’s counsel Prabhashay Kaur had contended the labour department has failed to comply with the directions passed by the High Court in 2009 to rescue child labourers and rehabilitate them in accordance with an action plan formulated by a committee comprising officers from various departments.

Taking note of PIL on SHO circulars,HC notice to MHA,police chief

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi Police chief on a PIL seeking withdrawal of police circulars relating to “inhuman” working conditions of SHOs in the national capital.

Issuing notice to the Home Ministry and Commissioner of Police,a division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath sought their responses by May 15.

The PIL,filed by advocate A K Biswas,states that according to the circulars,station house officers (SHOs) are not allowed to go home at all. “They can go to their residence once a week at night but only if their seniors permit it,” the petition said.

Referring to the earlier circular,the petitioner said,“Both the circulars of August 30,1995 and September 10,2012 are not in conformity with the Delhi Police Act and Article 21 of the Constitution of India…”

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