Delhi HC issues notice in plea to establish State Human Rights Commission for Delhi

Delhi HC issues notice in plea to establish State Human Rights Commission for Delhi

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a plea seeking a direction to the Delhi Government to establish a State Human Rights Commission for Delhi.

Notice was issued to the Delhi Government by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Anup J Bhambhami in a petition by Abhijit Mishra.

In the petition filed through Advocate Payal Bahl, the Petitioner has submitted that the Delhi Government has neither issued any notification nor has made any efforts to establish the office of the Delhi State Human Rights Commission in terms of section 21 (1) of The Protection of Human Rights Act 1993.

(The Delhi Government) has not instituted any constitutional institution by the means of any act of the Delhi State Legislative Assembly that has similar constitutional powers to investigate and / or inquire into any violation of human rights in respect of matters relatable to any of the entries enumerated in List II and List III in the Seventh Schedule to the Indian Constitution.”

The Petitioner has thus contended that the citizens who are sufferers of human rights atrocities in Delhi have no complaint mechanism provided by the Delhi Government to aid and assist them in their needs.

..there is no competent complaint mechanism and the situation in the State of Delhi is crippled, failed and in dilapidated due to the callousness of the Government of NCT Of Delhi to address and resolve the complaints of human rights complaints. The National Capital Territory of Delhi is in a ramshackle state where the citizens are not treated with dignity and respect.

Further various Government of NCT Delhi Departments are sitting on a pile of pending complaints for several months and years without any solution. The complaint mechanism system in the National Capital Territory has failed, thus it requires an overhaul with greater accountability and transparency..”, the petition reads.

Aggrieved by the “illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional conduct” of the Delhi Government, Petitioner moved the High Court to the protect and uphold the human rights, respect, dignity and protect their constitutional rights in the national capital.

The matter would be heard next on September 7.

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