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HC asks Govt for status of paralegals in police stations

Paralegal volunteers are law graduates who were to be appointed by the state government along with the state legal service authority to keep a watch over the manner in which complaints regarding missing children and other offences against children are dealt with.

delhi Updated: May 19, 2019 05:46 IST
Richa Banka
Richa Banka
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The appointments were to be made on an earlier order of the Supreme Court passed in 2013 giving directions to all states and union territories to appoint PLVs at police stations. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi High Court has sought a report from the Delhi government on the appointment of paralegal volunteers (PLV) at the 185 police stations in the national capital. In the first phase of appointments, PLVs are to be appointed at 50 vulnerable police stations.

Paralegal volunteers are law graduates who were to be appointed by the state government along with the state legal service authority to keep a watch over the manner in which complaints regarding missing children and other offences against children are dealt with.

The appointments were to be made on an earlier order of the Supreme Court passed in 2013 giving directions to all states and union territories to appoint PLVs at police stations.

The counsel for Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) told the court the Delhi Police had given it a list of 50 police stations in vulnerable areas and where PLVs ought to be stationed at the first instance.

Following this, a bench of justices Hima Kohli and Manoj Kumar Ohri directed the principal secretary (home) of the Delhi government to file a compliance report within four weeks after he informed the court a meeting was scheduled with the chief secretary and others on May 10.

The court’s order comes while hearing a plea regarding missing children in which it has been examining ways and means to address the issue of tracing them and restoring them to families.

On April 26, the court had directed several stakeholders, including the principal secretary (home) of the Delhi government, additional secretary of the ministry of women and child development (WCD) to secure their presence through the newly introduced telepresence facility.

First Published: May 19, 2019 05:46 IST