HC issues notice to Centre, Delhi govt on human rights courts

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre and the city government on a PIL seeking a direction to establish Human Rights courts here.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought
a response from the Centre and the city government on a PIL
seeking a direction to establish Human Rights courts here.

Issuing notices to the governments, a division bench of
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought
their responses in four weeks.
The bench was hearing a PIL filed by the Asian Centre for
Human Rights, a human rights organisation, pointing out that
the Human Rights Act has come into force since 1993 and
chapter VI of the Act mandates the state government to
establish courts in all the districts to deal with the cases
pertaining to human rights violations.

"The non-establishment of human rights courts and non-
appointment of Special Public Prosecutors has been hampering
trial of offences arising out of violation of human rights and
realisation of human rights in the country," the petitioner
said.
Seeking a direction to the Centre and Delhi
government, the petitioner said the governments should take
necessary measures to establish the human right courts in
various and appointment of Special Public Prosecutors in each
court in six months.

According to the petitioner, the National Human Rights
Commission had in its annual report in 2001-2002 recommoneded
that the court should be presided by a district sessions judge
and the court should be empowered to sentence the guilty and
also award compensation to the victims.

The bench fixed June 1 as the date for further hearing
of the petition.

PTI