The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice Committee comprising four High Court judges to submit a fresh report on the allegations of detention of minors in Kashmir, after addressing all issues independently.
The Committee has been asked to submit the report by December 3.
This was after the bench headed by Justice N V Ramana agreed with the submission of Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi that the committee had simply forwarded the reports of the J&K police without any independent application of mind.
The Committee did not even notice that preventive detention of juveniles is barred under Code of Criminal Procedure and the J&K Public Safety Act, submitted the senior counsel.
The bench passed the order in the petition filed by child rights activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha alleging illegal detention of children in Kashmir.
In its report submitted on October 1, the Committee had stated that 144 children were detained in Kashmir since August 5, following the revocation of special status of the State. Quoting the report of the J&K police, the Committee said that all of them were dealt with in accordance with the procedure under the Juvenile Justice Act and none of them were under unlawful detention.