The Rajasthan High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of The Indian Express report on key statutory commissions in Rajasthan functioning without chairpersons and, treating it as a public interest litigation, served notices to the state government.
Mentioning the report titled “Key panels in Rajasthan headless for a year”, a division bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and J K Ranka observed that the state government had failed to follow statutory provisions. The HC issued notices to chief secretary C S Rajan asking why chairpersons to statutory commissions had not been appointed and sought a reply within two weeks.
The bench cited NCRB figures provided in the news report, observing that the state stood second in terms of the number of crimes against Scheduled Castes and recorded the maximum number of rapes in the country after Madhya Pradesh.
The court noted that the state women’s commission had been rendered virtually defunct since the expiry of former chairperson Laad Kumari Jain’s term.
The Indian Express had on Thursday reported that even as the state witnessed high incidences of crimes against women, children and dalits, the key statutory commissions looking after the rights of these groups had been without a chairperson for over a year.