When will be SVC functional: HC asks Govt

‘Corruption Destroying Institutions’

D A RASHID

Srinagar, Dec 20:  Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state Chief Secretary to specify the time period within which the government is going to make the State Vigilance Commission (SVC) functional.  
 A division bench of Justice Virender Singh and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar while passing direction on a petition pertaining to ameliorating condition of poor girls facing exploitation, also directed the CS to constitute a committee within two weeks to recommend amendments in J&K Prevention of Corruption Act to make it stringent.      
 The division bench also asked the Government to inform the court about the number of properties attached hitherto and orders issued for their forfeiture from the date of the enforcement of J& K Prevention (Amendment) Act 2006.
 The Court passed the directions after the Chief Secretary filed compliance report stating that the government has enacted J&K State Vigilance Act and a three member State Vigilance Commission has to be set up as a measure to curb corruption.
  In his compliance report, the Chief Secretary also stated that the government will shortly constitute a committee to examine and recommend further amendments in J&K Prevention of Corruption Act.
 The Division bench observed that if the menace of corruption is left unchecked it would destroy every democratic institution in the state.
 Expressing displeasure for not filing compliance report vis- a-vis its direction to the state for taking immediate steps for identifying and providing support to the poor girls to enable them live honorable life, the court said the government has skipped the same in its compliance report. 
 The Chief Secretary has been directed to file a fresh compliance report within six weeks.
 For skipping one more direction in the Compliance report, the Court asked the Chief Secretary to provide information as to how much money has been received from the central government and how much amount has been allocated by the state government for the benefit of the poor women of the state.
 Earlier, dismissing the bail application of one Muhammad Amin Beigh who was booked under PSA for allegedly exploiting girls under the garb of providing them jobs, the High Court had subsequently passed a slew of directions to the government asking it to take steps to ensure rehabilitation of the poor and vulnerable girls exploited in the garb of providing jobs.
 The state Chief Secretary was directed to take steps to give proper publicity to the schemes sponsored by the Central Government and the State Government for the uplift and assistance of the poor girls.
 Senior Advocate B A Bashir represented the case as Amicus Curie while the state was defended by Senior Additional Advocate General J A Kawoosa.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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