SC questions human rights grievance redressal system in Union territories1 min read . Updated: 18 Apr 2016, 10:56 PM IST
The court's question came on a contempt petition filed against the government for failing to set up a state human rights commission in Delhi
New Delhi: In what could be a first step towards Union territories getting better access to justice, the Supreme Court on Monday questioned why people in these central government regulated regions were to come to Delhi to file their complaints regarding human rights violations.
“People have to travel from Pondicherry or Andaman to Delhi just for this?" the court asked.
The court’s question came on a contempt petition filed against the government for failing to set up a state human rights commission (SHRC) in Delhi. The apex court, in a verdict last year, had directed Delhi, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh to set up SHCs in their respective states within six months.
The petition was filed for the alleged violation of this verdict. With regard to a SHRC in Delhi, the decision was lying in “cold storage", the petition said.
The government, represented by solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, said that Delhi was a Union territory, and had a special status. It was not a full state and its complaints regarding human rights violations were sent to the National Human Rights Commission. Parliament made laws for Union territories, Kumar argued.
Kumar told the court that the government would file its response regarding the issue of a SHRC in Delhi within a week.