Missing Minor: Court Not Happy with Status Report


Jammu:  A Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal in the much publicized PIL regarding the mysterious disappearance of a minor domestic help from the residence of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rajouri expressed its dissatisfaction over the status report filed by Jammu Police with regard to the steps taken to locate the minor boy who is allegedly missing from the residence of Mehmood Choudhary, Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajouri.

When this matter came up for hearing before the Division Bench, the Child Rights Activist/Petitioner in person Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat drew the attention of the Court towards the status report filed by the Jammu Police in which it was submitted that the Police obtained the call details record of the minor boy and also questioned the wife of the CJM Rajouri. After going through the status report the Division Bench in the Open Court observed that if the minor was having the mobile then the police should have been able to trace his location in view of GPS and the Senior AAG Mr. S.S. Nanda was however not in a position to answer the query of the Court and submitted that since the Mobile was switched off so it was difficult to trace the location of the missing boy. However the Division Bench according to CNS was not convinced with the explanation of Senior AAG who was also supported by Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi appearing with Advocate M.A. Bhat for the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rajouri.

Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat at this stage submitted that since the status report is unconvincing as there is no progress achieved towards the tracing of the minor domestic help as such a Special Investigation Team be constituted so that the minor is traced with utmost promptitude.

The Division Bench after considering the status report and the submissions of Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat expressed its dissatisfaction over the status report and in the open court directed Senior AAG to ensure the presence of I.O. (Investigating Officer) of the case and also directed that case diaries be also produced on the next date of hearing. The Division Bench looking into the urgency involved also directed the Registry to list this matter in the next regular cause list. (CNS)

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