SC to ‘verify’ allegation of denial of justice in J&K

Following the submissions made by senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi that people are finding it difficult to access the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “This is an extremely serious submission. We must verify this.” The bench sought a report from the Chief Justice of J&K High Court.

“We must know if there is denial of access to justice. I will personally speak to the CJ and if required, will go there,” Gogoi said. The Chief Justice warned that if claim is proved to be false, then accountability will follow. The bench was considering a Public Interest Litigation seeking urgent judicial intervention in the issue of detention of children in Kashmir.

The PIL was filed by Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha , the first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR) against the “illegal” detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the petitioners, there have been specific reports, which describe violations on children that include loss of life and liberty. The situation merit judicial review with respect to children and to enforce and monitor certain immediate corrective action.

The petitioners highlighted two important areas of concern, the first pertains to illegal detention (and in some cases beatings) of young boys by security forces. The second concerns serious injuries and deaths of children through deliberate or accidental action by security forces.