New Delhi: The Delhi government has assured the Delhi High Court that it will form human rights courts within six weeks.

During the hearing of a petition sought for formation of human rights court under Protection of Human Right Act, Counsel for the government Najmi Vajiri made the assurance to a divisional bench of Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

Thereafter, the bench directed the government to set up human rights courts within the stipulated time frame and file a compliance report.

The petition was filed by an organization working for protection of human rights, Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The petition demanded a special public prosecutor for the human rights court under the Article 226 of Indian Constitution.

According to the petitioner, the Human Rights Protection Act was formulated in 1993. “Chapter 6 of the Constitution talks about formation of human rights court and appointment of special public prosecutor in it, but nothing has been done in this regard,” stated the petitioner.

Due to this, cases pertaining to violation of human rights were getting affected, the petition read.

Not only this, the petitioner also demanded that the human rights court should follow the rules mentioned in the report by National Human Rights Commission in 2001-02. In its report, the Commission had stated that judge of the court should have equal rank of a session judge.

These courts should be directed that the hearing of the cases after deciding the charges should be completed within three months. They should also have the right to penalise the offenders and order compensation for the victims.

JPN/Bureau