DILIP K BABU Vs. STATE OF WEST BENGAL
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
STATE OF WEST BENGAL
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(1.)Vide order dated 19-10-2001 this Court requested the Chairmen of the state Human Rights Commissions of different States/uts or the Committees appointed by the Chief Justices of the High Courts in the States where State human Rights Commissions do not exist to report on compliance within the states/uts with the directions (11 requirements) laid down by this Court in d. K. Basu case on 18-12-1996. Reports from the Commissions/committees from the States of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab have been received and we appreciate the commendable work which they have done and in apprising this Court of the state of affairs prevailing in these states. Indeed, the reports project a dismal picture prevailing in these States in the matter of compliance with the requirements laid down in D. K. Basu case. No serious effort appears to have been made by these States and their senior officials in apprising the police personnel, dealing with people, of the directions made by this Court which is the law of the land, not to speak of their having been educated and trained in securing compliance with the directions of this Court. The State Governments ought to know that protection of human rights is their primary constitutional obligation and not the sole concern of this Court alone. The Registry shall make available copies of these reports to the appearing counsel for the States of M. P. , U. P. , rajasthan and Punjab, who shall, within a period of six weeks, file the response in the matter of non-compliance with the directions of this Court highlighted in the reports, the action taken by the State Governments against the officials responsible for non-compliance, and the steps taken and to be taken in seeing that such directions are complied in letter and spirit by the states hereinafter. Such response must be filed on the affidavit of either the chief Secretary or the Home Secretary.
(2.)The Commissions/committees from the States of Karnataka, Kerala, sikkim and Manipur have filed the responses which are either too brief or skeletal and do not satisfy the requirement of compliance with the order of this Court dated 19-10-2001. Issue notice afresh asking for detailed reports.
(3.)Commissions from the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal and committees appointed by the High Courts in the States of Arunachal pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Nagaland, Tripura and Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Daman and diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry have not responded so far. Issue fresh notice requiring the response within a period of six weeks from the date of service of notice.
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