The Telangana High Court on Monday asked all the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts in the state to file a status report in terms of the Supreme Court order dated April 3, regarding measures to be taken to protect children in conflict with law.
Through the said order in a suo moto case titled "In Re Contagion Of COVID-19 Virus In Children Protection Homes", a bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Deepak Gupta had directed the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts across the country to consider releasing all children alleged to be in conflict with law on temporary bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015.
The top court had also issued detailed directions to prevent the spread of Corona virus amongst children living in Child Care Institutions.
Directing compliance with the same, the High Court has issued an Office Order asking the Unit Heads of all the JJBs and CCs in the state to file a status report by April 14. The order states,
"The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has passed certain directions in reference cited with regard to the measures to be taken on children who need care and protection or children in conflict with law within the ambit of Juvenile justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
…request all the Principal District Judges, Chief Judge, City Civil Court, Hyderabad and Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Hyderabad to forward the order copy of the Hon'ble Supreme Court to all the Principal Magistrates presiding over the Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and Presiding Officers of the Children Courts for compliance of the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in letter and spirit. The Unit Heads are also requested to call for the status report in terms of the order in the reference cited from the JJBs and Children Courts in their respective Units and submit the same to the undersigned by 14.4.2020."