Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Nov 25:
The Supreme Court today slammed the Odisha government for not registering a single FIR in missing children cases in the year 2012-13 and has summoned the state DGP and chief secretary on December 11.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu asked the state government to explain its failure in tracing the missing children. It also pulled up Tripura government on the issue.
Around 6000 children are missing from the state according to a Rajya Sabha report.
The apex court has asked the Centre to file a reply over the standard operating procedure. The hearing in the case will continue on Wednesday.
In the second week of November, the Supreme Court had directed Bihar government to trace 464 missing children out of 633 and file a report within three weeks.
The Bihar government had informed the apex court that the state government has traced 169 children in last 6 days.
The apex court had pulled up Bihar government officials while hearing a fresh affidavit filed by them for their lackadaisical approach, aksing; “Why do you people act only after court intervention?”
“If you can trace 169 children in 6 day,s then you can trace rest 464 too in three weeks,” the apex court had said.
The Supreme Court had further questioned, “Don’t you think that this is your responsibility? Why do you wait for court to direct you?”
The court had pulled up Bihar government for not registering FIRs in connection with missing children cases.