IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
Present: Mr.V.P.Chaudhary, Sr.Adv. with Ms.Sushma and
Ms. Sangita Bhargava, Advocates/Amicus Curiae.
Ms.Mukta Gupta, Advocate for the Respondents.
ACP Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police.
Mr. R.P.Kukreti, Sr.Superintendent, Deptt. Of Social Welfare.
W.P.(Crl.) 1840/2006 and Crl.M.A. 11314/2006
A status report has been filed. The fact remains that other than paper
work, there is no impact at ground level for reducing begging on the streets.
It is the responsibility of the respondents to take necessary action to prevent
this perennial problem and it is no excuse to say that if nothing has happened
for decades, the same position would continue. We have made it clear to the
officers that we want a visible impact forthwith at least on the intersections
identified in the Order dated 04.05.2009 as per the suggestions of the
respondents themselves. It is for the respondents to decipher how to make that
Learned counsel for the respondents states that the mobile courts would
have to become operational first before an impact can be seen. We reject this
contention as the mobile courts are only a further aid in the process and it can
hardly be expected that two mobile courts would have an impact to such an extent
in a large area. Not only that, there are already courts functioning for
offences in respect of begging.
List for directions on 10.08.2009.
SANJAY KISHAN KAUL, J.
JULY 21, 2009 AJIT BHARIHOKE, J.