NEW DELHI: Today, Delhi High Court directed the state government to ensure to provide proper legal aid to a person who is covered under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
Court has also directed to ensure strict compliance with the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad closed the suo moto proceedings in the nature of PIL which were initiated on its own motion based on a May 23 letter of Advocate Neha Rai,
She has highlighted the current state of affairs regarding implementing the Act. She has mentioned the failing expectations of the District Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Magistrate in the expeditious implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, Act.
Court also directed all the District Magistrates and Sub Divisional Magistrates to file a status report regarding the individual complaints under the 2007 Act, the time within which action was taken on the same, and the time within which the SDMs prepared reports upon physical inspection and verification of contents of the complaints.
The Bench observed that detailed and exhaustive status reports were filed by the Delhi Government which included the list of cases, applications received under the Act, their status as well as orders, if any, passed by the Competent Authority.
As per the previous status report filed by DSLSA, it was mentioned that action was taken in respect of the grievance of a legal aid beneficiary namely Sapna in a particular case. The report also revealed that regarding the said beneficiary, complete documents were handed over to her counsel and that the matter was still pending.
“Once complete documents have been handed over to the counsel and reasons explained in the status report for the delay, no further orders are required to be passed in the petition. The petition is accordingly disposed of,” the Court ordered.
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