New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Centre to ensure that all schools and hostels of
educational institutions occupied by the Army and paramilitary
forces are vacated within two months.
An order to this effect was passed by a bench
comprising Justices B Sudarshan Reddy and S S Nijjar during
the hearing of the issue relating to the trafficking of 76
children from Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu.
While there was a specific direction to the Ministry
of Home Affairs to ensure that the schools and hostels be
freed from the occupation of the Army and Central paramilitary
forces, the bench asked the HRD Ministry to find out the list
of schools occupied by the forces in two states.
Further, the bench asked the Ministry of Development
of North Eastern Region (DONER) to hold meetings with seven
northeastern states on various aspects of development. The directions were passed on the recommendations of
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
which was asked by the court to inquire into the trafficking
of children from Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu on the
pretext of providing them better education.
The bench also asked Manipur, Assam, Tamil Nadu,
Kerala and Karnataka to respond to the recommendation of the
NCPCR to shut down unregistered charitable houses running
schools and hostels.
It asked Manipur and Assam to file an affidavit in
response to the suggestions given by NCPCR.
The court also accepted the plea of the NCPCR seeking
authority to review the matter with the state government.
The bench posted the matter after two months.
The names of the 76 children were furnished by the
Tamil Nadu government. They have been repatriated to their
home in two northeastern states.
The court had asked the NCPCR to inquire into the
matter on March 31 while hearing an application based on a
media report about recovery of 76 such children.
The Tamil Nadu government had earlier stated that the
probe by the Kanyakumari Superintendent of Police has
established that the 76 children from Manipur and Assam were
brought to Tamil Nadu by one Rev Paul from the north-eastern
region on promise of providing them better education.