March 20, 2009 1:16:21 am
State notification came in 2001,but a court of session for hearing human rights cases still not formed
The Pune District Court does not have a human rights court of session even after a notification by the state governments Law and Judiciary Department about eight years ago in 2001.
According to the human rights activists,the issue assumes significance given the increasing incidence of human rights violation in the city.
The notification issued by M.M Rege,the former deputy secretary to the state government mentions,In exercise of the powers conferred by section 30 of the Protection of Human Rights Act,1993 (10 of 1994) and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice and the Judges of the High Court,Judicature at Bombay,the Government of Maharashtra hereby specifies that a court of Session in each district of the state,to be a human rights court to try the offences under the said act.
Human rights activist Asim Sarode said,This issue is of grave concern given the recent alleged custodial death of Amol Raghunath Kuchekar (29) in Warje Malwadi police chowki,which caused tension in the city as angry people took to the streets and pelted stones on the police chowki and damaged public property.
Sarode had submitted a petition to district judge Vijay Achliya on March 9 requesting that a court of session for hearing human rights cases be set up at the earliest.
Advocate Sureshendra Bhosale,former chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa said,Given the present state of human rights in the state,I feel that the judges should be trained to deal with human rights cases especially those involving the police. It will solve the problem to a great extent.
Sarode also said that Section 30 of the Human Rights Protection Act,1993,clearly mentions that the courts to deal with human rights violation cases be set up and states take the initiative in setting up courts with the concurrence of the chief justice of the High court.
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