The Supreme Court Tuesday decided to examine afresh a plea seeking direction to the government to frame a law to prevent custodial torture and inhuman treatment as India was a signatory to the United Nations' convention on torture.
The apex court is re-visiting the issue after more than a year as it was told that no progress was made in this regard even after an assurance was given that the government was looking into the matter with "all seriousness".
The PIL filed in 2016 by former law minister and Congress leader Ashwini Kumar was disposed of on November 27, 2017 and since then there has been no progress, prompting him to approach the court again.
When the matter came up for hearing, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand submitted to a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that some more time would be required to make the legislation as the draft bill has been sent to the state governments.
Kumar responded in affirmative when the bench wanted to know whether there was any proposed draft legislation on the subject matter. He said it was before a select committee of Parliament.