New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) Delhi High Court today directed Delhi government's Social Welfare Department to constitute the commission of Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act expeditiously and file the report by January 2008.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed the Delhi Goverment that despite Court's intervention the basic structure of the Act had not been formed yet which should be implemented without delay.
A Public Interest Litigation(PIL) was filed in the Court by Sandeep Chilara under Article 226 of the Constitution to seek redressal of legal injury to a person by reason of violation of their constitutional and legal rights.
The petition said that the Juvenile Act 2000 was enacted with a view to consolidate and amend the law relating to juveniles in conflict with law and children in need of protection, care and treatment and to cater to their developmental needs.
It was enacted to develop child friendly approach in adjudication and disposal of matters in best interest of children and for their ultimate rehabilitation through various institutions established under the Act but till now a commission for this Act had not come into force and the delay on part of the Government was denying the juveniles of their fundamental rights.
The Court had earlier ordered formation of a committee to look into the monitoring of the Juvenile Homes in the capital. The commitee comprised Registrar, Delhi High Court,Member Secratery of the Delhi Legal Services Authority, Union Of India through its Secretary of the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, govt of NCT through its Secretary Social Welfare Department and a lawyer Rajiv Awasthi was appointed as Amicus Curie in the matter.