Be present, SC tells Bihar, Chhattisgarh top officials

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the chief secretaries and police chiefs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh to be present in the court Oct 30 to answer why they did not comply with its direction on the missing children.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the chief secretaries and police chiefs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh to be present in the court Oct 30 to answer why they did not comply with its direction on the missing children.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice AK Sikri, directed that they be present in the court Oct 30 to answer why the two states did not comply with its directions issued in 2013 as steps to trace the children who have gone missing.

The court ordered this in the course of the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan on the missing children and the inadequate steps being taken by the state governments for tracing them.

The court also issued notice to all states and the administrators of union territories on the increasing drug abuse among school children across the country.

The court has sought response on or before Oct 30.

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