HC notice to govt on lodging of juveniles in Tihar

The Delhi High Court sought the city govt`s stand on two pleas on juvenile delinquents.

Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought
the city government`s stand on two pleas on juvenile
delinquents - one alleging that they are often lodged in Tihar
jail with hardened criminals after their arrest and the second
alleging deaths of 74 underage offenders in various
observation homes.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice
Rajiv Sahai Endlaw sought the stands of the Ministry of Women
and Child Development of the city government as well as the
city police.
The bench sought the government`s reply on the issue of
lodging of underage offenders in Tihar jail, taking cognisance
of a letter by a Juvenile Justice Board advocate Anant Kumar
Asthana, who made the allegations.

Issuing notices to the government and the police, the
court sought their replies by December 21.

Treating Asthana`s letter as a PIL, the bench appointed
advocate Pankaj Sinha as amicus curiae to assist it in the
In his letter, Asthana claimed that about 140 children
were first lodged in Tihar Jail after their arrest and were
later shifted to various juvenile homes between October 2010
and August.

He alleged that police make no effort to ascertain if the
criminal is a juvenile, while picking them up.