IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
COURT ON ITS OWN MOTION ..... Petitioner
Through : Mr V. P. Singh, Sr Advocate, Amicus Curiae
IN RE: BEGGING IN PUBLIC .....
Through : Ms Mukta Gupta for the State with
Mr Satyendra Garg, Addl.C. P.
(Crime), Mr S. Choudhary, DCP
(Traffic) and Mr S. A. Awaradi,
Director (Social Welfare)
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE BADAR DURREZ AHMED
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE P.K. BHASIN
O R D E R
On the previous occasion, we had directed the Director, Social Welfare,
Government of NCT of Delhi, to submit his definite proposals for taking action
for eliminating the menace of begging from the social point of view. Although
some suggestions have been made, no written proposal indicating the areas of
action has been submitted by him. However, a status report has been filed by
him covering other aspects of the order dated 06.04.2009. We direct that he
should submit a proposal in point-form before the next date of hearing.
Another direction given in the previous order was the necessity of
setting up open institutions as stated by Mr Chaudhary at page 156 of his
report. Insofar as this suggestion is concerned, Ms Mukta Gupta, the learned
counsel appearing on behalf of the State, states that it has been accepted in
principle and that one location has already been identified on a tentative basis
and the same would be finalized within a short period of time, soon after the
elections are over. She shall indicate the time frame for setting up of such an
institution on the next date of hearing.
The third direction given in the order dated 06.04.2009 was with regard
to the setting up of mobile courts. Ms Gupta submits that that has been
complied with and the mobile courts would be operational from 01.07.2009. We
may also note that this Court has already deputed Mr T. S. Mutti and Mr Mahender
Kumar Gupta and they have been conferred with powers under Section 18 (1) Cr. P.
C as Special Metropolitan Magistrates for trying cases under the Bombay
Prevention of Begging Act, 1959.
The last direction given in the previous order was with regard to manning
of select areas so as to prevent begging in those areas. Ms Mukta Gupta states
that the Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Delhi is present and he has
indicated that in the first phase the following intersections / places would be
taken up as zero tolerance areas in order to prevent any begging:-
1. Connaught Place
Inner and Outer Circle
2. India Gate
Purana Qila Road
W Point Tilak Marg
Bhagwan Dass Road
NDSE Part-I and II
G. K-I and II
4. Interstate Bus Terminals
Sarai Kale Khan
5. Railway Stations
H. N. Din
She states that this would also be operational from 01.07.2009.
Renotify on 26.05.2009.
BADAR DURREZ AHMED, J
P.K. BHASIN, J
May 04, 2009