The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi Police chief on a public interest litigation seeking withdrawal of police circulars relating to "inhuman" working conditions of station house officers (SHO) in the national capital.
A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath issued the notice to the home ministry and commissioner of police and sought their responses by May 15.
The PIL stated that as per the circulars issued, the SHOs were not allowed to go home at all.
"If they do have to go home for some reason, they are permitted to do so once a week for a night, that too only if their seniors permit," the petition read.
The petition alleged that both the circulars of August 30, 1995 and September 10, 2012 are not in conformity with the Delhi Police Act and Article 21 of the Constitution.
"We demand that both the circulars be immediately withdrawn for being inhuman. The respondents neither withdrew the circulars nor replied to the petitioner," the petition read.