SC asks why the delay in setting up rights courts

Petition filed by a law student
The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre, the States and the Union Territories on the prolonged delay for over quarter of a decade to establish exclusive human rights courts in each district and appointing special public prosecutors in them.
A Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi agreed to hear the petition filed by law student Bhavika Phore, represented by advocate Manoj V. George. The Human Rights Act had called for the establishment of special courts in each district for speedy trial of human rights offences. Section 30 of the Act envisages that a State government, with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of High Court, by notification, specify for each district a court of session as a court of human rights for the speedy trial of violation of rights. Whereas Section 31 of the Act provides the State government to specify and appoint a special public prosecutor in that court. “To uphold and protect the basic and fundamental rights of an individual it is an indispensable obligation upon the State to provide affordable, effective and speedy trial of offences related to violation of human rights which can only be achieved by setting up special courts in each district as provided under the Act,” the petition said.

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