New Delhi: In an apparent setback to the Delhi government, the High Court dismissed its plea for shutting down temporary night shelter in the national capital.

Denying permission to shut down 84 temporary night shelters, the High Court said the state government can initiate action against those NGOs which fail to keep maintenance of the night shelters.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had asked for closing of shelter owing to poor maintenance.

A division bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna gave directions to the Delhi government and Delhi Urban Shelter Development Board (DUSIB) to improve the conditions of the night shelters. "The poor occupants shall not be treated like animals," the judges said.

The High Court directed the DUSIB to constitute a committee which can give suggestions for the upkeep of shelter. Not only this, the board will kick start an awareness campaign to inform about such night shelters.