The High Court has directed the secretary Social Welfare department to explain as to why he did not appear before it in connection with a public interest litigation seeking doing up of orphanages in Kashmir.
A division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey directed the secretary to appear before it on August 11 to explain his conduct. Earlier the officer was directed by the court to remain present.
Meanwhile after deputy advocate general, Hashim Hussain told the court that a detailed affidavit was ready, he was asked to file it during the course of the day on Wednesday.
The Court asked the state counsel to provide a copy of the affidavit to senior advocate and Amicus Curie in the case, Bashir Ahmad Bashir.
The Court also asked additional advocate general, Moksha Kazmi to file an affidavit on behalf of the Sports Council indicating the sports facilities being provided in the orphanages.
In 2016, taking suo-moto cognizance of a news report published in Greater Kashmir on poor facilities at government run orphanages, Markazi Falah-eItfal and Markazi Falah-e- Mastoorat at Nishat, the High Court had treated the report as public interest litigation and initiated proceedings against the state.
The court had directed the government to ensure release of funds for renovation of the buildings of the two government-run orphanages.