SHILLONG, July 02: Batting for the setting up of a circuit bench of the Supreme Court and Human Rights Courts especially in the North East region, the All India Legal Aid Forum (AILAF) has urged the Centre to look into this request.
In this regard, AILAF general secretary Joydeep Mukherjee said on Monday that the Forum requested the Centre to take initiative for setting up a circuit bench of Supreme Court in the NE so that a large section of people from the region will be benefitted.
“We also urged the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma to pursue this matter with the Centre because at present it is difficult for people especially those coming from poor background to go to Delhi to appeal against any High Court orders,” Mukherjee, who also earlier met the Governor Ganga Prasad, said.
He said that similarly, the Forum has also submitted letters of request to all the Chief Ministers of the North East states to ensure the Centre considers setting up of the circuit bench of the Supreme Court in the region.
Meanwhile, the Forum also urged the Meghalaya government to set up the Human Rights Court in every district and sub-divisions of the state for speedy disposal of the human rights violation cases.
According to Mukherjee, similar appeals have also been made to the Centre and other states including in the NE as such Human Rights Courts are needed to be set up in all the states in the country.
Stating that as per the Human Rights Act, there is a mandatory provision for the state governments to set up such courts, the Forum general secretary however said most of the states in the country are without Human Rights Courts.
“The Human Rights Courts are essential for every state because the powers of the human rights commission ends only in submitting recommendations to the state government, which sometimes are not taken up in the right earnest,” he said.