The Delhi high court on Monday reserved its order on a bunch of pleas challenging the city government’s decision to appoint an inquiry commission to probe the allegations of sexual abuse of children and death of an inmate at Arya Orphanage. The bench comprised of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Rani.
The government on February 25 had appointed an inquiry commission to probe the case and to examine the state of affairs at Arya Bal Grih, Arya Kanya Sadan, both in Daryaganj, and Chhatrawas Chandra Arya Vidya Mandir and Chandra Arya Vidyalaya, both in East of Kailash.
During proceedings, the government counsel said there was sufficient material on record against the two of the five NGOs for the Lieutenant Governor to order a probe. But he conceded there was no material on record against the remaining three NGOs and that the government took the decision to examine the affairs of all five as they were “umbrella organisations”.
Senior counsel Maninder Singh appearing for the NGOs questioned the alleged urgency to set up a commission of inquiry, when the government had already conducted a preliminary inquiry.