Minor’s disappearance from CJM’s house

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Court wants status of police probe

Jammu: Looking into the seriousness of the issue with regard to the alleged disappearance of a minor domestic help from the residence of an incumbent Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajouri Mehmood Chodhri, Division Bench comprising Hasnain Masoodi and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal of State High Court Jammu Tuesday directed the police to file the status of the investigation and the steps taken for tracing the minor Rafiq Ahmed Chodhri.

When this case was taken up for hearing Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat appearing in person requested the court to direct the constitution of Special Investigating Team (SIT) for probing the incident and the reluctance of the police to trace him.    

However, Advocate Sunil Sethi and Advocate M.A.Butt caused appearance on behalf of CJM Rajouri and submitted that FIR stands already registered in the matter and the police are taking the steps to trace the minor boy. Raising objections,  Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat, who has filed the CMA in the PIL submitted that police are not making serious efforts to trace the boy as there is direct involvement of the ‘influential’ Judicial Officer.

After hearing both the sides, the Division Bench issued directions to the police to file the status of the investigation by or before next Tuesday (May 19) when the DB will again consider this petition involving public interest.

Pertinently, a  Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had been filed against an incumbent  Chief Judicial Magistrate in High Court Jammu, wherein the petitioner has alleged that judicial officer had employed a minor as domestic help in violation of Child Labour Act, 1986 three years back and the same child has gone missing in ‘mysterious’ circumstances.

The PIL has been filed by Child Rights Activist Deepika Singh Rajawat, a resident of Rehari Chungi, Jammu in which she has sought the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the mysterious missing of 15 years old boy namely Rafiq Choudhary of Ragura, Nagrota,  who is missing since 12-04-2015 from the residence of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rajouri Mehmood Chodhri of Bathindhi, Jammu, who had employed him as domestic help in violation of Child Labour Act, 1986 three years back.    The PIL says that appropriate legal action be also initiated and recommended against the erring Judicial Officer for employing minor Rafiq Ahmed as his domestic help. (CNS)

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