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Rajasthan High Court disposes PIL seeking directions to identify dead bodies found in Indira Gandhi Canal

The Rajasthan High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to take appropriate and necessary steps to identify the dead bodies being found in the Indira Gandhi Canal.

The Petition filed by one Babu Ram Chouhan prayed for the following reliefs:

” A. By an appropriate writ, order or directions, any permission or order the respondents may kindly be ordered to take appropriate and necessary steps to identify the dead bodies being found in the Indira Gandhi Canal and to develop a system of netting in the canal along the state border of Haryana – Rajasthan to prevent the bodies from floating to Rajasthan from other states.

B. By an appropriate writ, order or directions, the respondent may kindly be directed to take appropriate steps (using latest technology, such as social media, mobile app, e-mail,web, Internet etc.) to make a data base of unidentified dead bodies and if there is any such system, then to improve it using latest cyber and medical advanced technology.

C. By an appropriate writ, order or directions, the respondents may kindly be directed to establish special police station for investigating such cases and special training be given to these police officers to link the incidents of missing persons with the dead bodies found in the canal and to identify the dead bodies.”

Manish Vyas, Additional Advocate General (AAG) has filed detailed reply to the petition wherein, concrete steps/ suggestions are mooted for addressing the issues raised in the petition.

A notification dated 27.09.2021 has also been issued containing extensive measures in light of the direction given by Division Bench of the High Court in D.B. Habeas Corpus Petition No.212/2020.

The Division Bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Kuldeep Mathur opined that issues raised by the petitioner in the petition have been duly addressed with the issuance of the notification (supra). Hence, the instant petition is disposed of by the High Court.

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