Delhi HC asks lawyer to file report on condition of night shelter
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 21:35
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday appointed a lawyer as Court Commissioner and directed her to visit a building, converted into a night shelter for homeless people, and file a report about the basic amenities provided by civic agencies there.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta appointed Firdause Qutbwani, a lawyer and directed her to file a detailed report by May 5 after inspecting the building.

The Bench's direction came after it was alleged that the three-storeyed building was not in a proper condition and people could not stay there due to lack of basic facilities, including water supply and toilet, on each floor.

Appearing for an NGO, which has taken the charge to shift the homeless people, including those from Pusa Road roundabout, informed the Bench that only the ground floor is open but other floors were not allowed to be used and no water supply and toilet facilities were there for the other floors.

Meanwhile, the Court also directed the NGO activists to find any other shelter in South Delhi out of the list of shelters provided by the NCT government for the homeless people.

Appearing for NDMC, the counsel said the building in Sarojini Nagar is a school and the classes were to start from the academic year 2010-2011. Due to the previous order of the Court, the building has been used as a night shelter since January this year, the lawyer added.

The Bench has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that MCD has removed about 300 people from their temporary shelters provided by the NGO near Pusa Road roundabout in the name of renovation of roads and pavements in view of the coming Commonwealth Games.


First Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 21:35

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