Chairman selection-cum-oversight committee under the juvenile justice act, Justice (R) Hasnain Masoodi has tendered his resignation from the post. His resignation has come after the National Conference announced him its candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.
Under the integrated child protection scheme, a vehicle for the implementation of the juvenile justice act –the Juvenile Justice Boards and the Child Welfare Committees were formed last year. But the resignation of Justice Masoodi is a setback to the scheme that is still in its infancy.
An official in the ICPS department said, “Yes Justice Masoodi has resigned from the position, and no chairperson has been appointed as yet.”
In 2017, the state government constituted the selection-cum-oversight committee – the apex body for monitoring and evaluation of the ICPS.
Subsequently, Justice Masoodi, a former Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir, was appointed as chairman, selection-cum-oversight committee under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) act 2013.
On Monday, National Conference announced that Justice Masoodi will be its candidate for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir in seven phases, beginning from April 11. Anantnag parliamentary seat will go to polls in three phases – April 23, 29 and May 6.
“He was the force behind making the ICPS scheme functional. Be it taking cognizance of the cases like illegal detention of juveniles in police lockups or of the recent case of a pregnant woman who delivered a baby on the roadside after she was not allowed admission in a Srinagar hospital, he was following the juvenile justice act in its true form,” said an official associated with Juvenile Justice.
“Now when he has resigned, the scheme would definitely suffer,” the official added.
After joining active politics, Justice Masoodi has also dissociated from the Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC), to which he was a member.