Ranchi: The Chief Justice (CJ) of the Jharkhand high court, Sanjaya Kumar Mishra, on Monday inspected the observation home located at Dumardaga in Ranchi and expressed dissatisfaction with the cases pending against the inmates who are under 18 years of age and in conflict with the law. After interacting with the officials and the inmates, Justice Mishra directed the authorities of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to speed up the disposal of cases involving the inmates.
Justice Sanjaya also advised the JJB and other organisations concerned within the field to verify the age of the juveniles brought to the observation home at the earliest for the trialor trials to begin.He also recommended that the officials must fulfil the objectives laid down under Section 12 (1) of the Juvenile Justice Act (JJA).
According to Section 12 (1) of the JJA, the juveniles should be released on bail with or without surety or placed under the supervision of a probation officer or under the care of a person who is mentally and physically fit. Moreover, the accused should not be released if a reasonable ground exists to believe that the release might bring him or her in contact with a criminal or expose him or her to moral or physical psychological danger, or that the release would defeat and nullify the justice ordered by a court.
During his visit, the chief justice also interacted with the 91 inmates residing at the observation home at present, principal magistrate of the JJB Rojleena Bara, and station housemaster Abu Sufian about the problems plaguing the centre. He visited the classrooms, the wards, the dispensary, the library and the kitchen and inquired from the officials about the food, including the protein content, given to the inmates.
Meanwhile, an inmate gifted a painting of the chief justice made by him to CJ Sanjaya. The juveniles presented patriotic and Nagpuri songs in the presence of the CJ.
HC registrar general Mohammad Shakir, judicial commissioner (Ranchi) A K Rai, and district-level officers accompanied the chief justice during his visit to the observation home.
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