SHILLONG, Oct 4 - Conditional summons have been issued to Meghalaya Chief Secretary PBO Warjri and Principle Secretary, Urban Affairs for personal appearance before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on October 13 for failing to respond in a human rights violation case.
Viewing “seriously the inordinate delay and lackadaisical approach” on part of the State Government in filing its report sought by NHRC, the Commission passed the order.
The two officials have been directed to appear before the Commission at 11 am on October 13 along with the requisite report and an explanation regarding inordinate delay in the matter. However, personal appearance shall be dispensed with if the report and explanation regarding inordinate delay are received in the Commission on or before October 6,” the NHRC stated.
The case relates to human rights activist Agnes Kharshiing, president of Civil Society Women’s Organisation who was “illegally arrested,” by the State Government in 2013. The complaint about the human right abuse was filed by Asian Human Rights Commission in 2013.
Kharshiing was “arrested and falsely implicated” by the State Government when she was “protesting against the eviction drive conducted by Meghalaya Urban Development Authority in Umsawli area of Shillong,” the complainant said.
After the complaint was filed before NHRC, the Commission vide letter dated 5.12.2013 followed by final reminder dated 29.08.2014 called for report in the matter from the Chief Secretary.
“In response, the Commission has received an endorsement letter in 2014 from Under Secretary, Urban Affairs department asking for prompt action in the matter. However, the requisite report has not been received till date,” the NHRC noted.
Normally, under such circumstances, the Commission invokes provisions of the Section-13 of the Protection of Human Right Act, 1993 for personal appearance of the officer, but the Commission has given another chance to the State Government to file its reply.