Bail-seekers to pay Rs 7.5k each to engage workers for govt home

The Times of India | Feb 11, 2020

Madurai: Granting anticipatory bail to two people, who were apprehending arrest in a case registered against them for illegal sand mining, the Madras high court has directed them to pay Rs 7,500 each to engage two sanitary workers for the government observation home at Madurai after taking cognizance of the fact that the home lacked cleanliness.

Justice G R Swaminathan passed the order while hearing the anticipatory bail plea of Karthik and Senthil. After the petitioners’ counsel informed the court that they were first time offenders and they were willing to abide by any condition imposed by the court, the judge granted bail to the petitioners.

The judge observed, “I would have directed the petitioners to deposit a sum of Rs 7,500 each to the concerned District Mineral Foundation Trust. But, I consciously decided to make a departure and direct the petitioners to deposit a sum of Rs 7,500 each to the credit of the observation home at Madurai.”

Explaining about the reason for giving such a direction, the judge noted that after the Supreme Court had mandated that the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act must be monitored by the respective high courts, a committee was constituted by the Chief Justice of this court. Justice Swaminathan, who was part of the committee headed by Justice T Raja inspected the government observation home at Madurai recently and noticed that the premises lacked cleanliness.

When the committee inquired in this regard, the superintendent of the home informed that due to lack sanitary workers’ posts, they have outsourced the work to two people who would clean the premises once in 15 days. The superintendent also mentioned that they would require Rs 16,000 per month to engage two full time sanitary workers. The judge observed that by this arrangement and directing the petitioners in similar cases to pay the sum to the observation home, a total of Rs 5.76lakh could be raised in three years which would be sufficient to engage two full time sanitary workers. “Hope the state government would sanction two posts of sweepers in the meanwhile,” observed the judge.

Justice Swaminathan also observed that the jurisdictional magistrate/ chairperson of Juvenile Justice Board shall monitor the attendance and work of the sanitary workers and should send a certificate indicating their attendance, standard of work and salary received by the workers to the registrar (judicial) of the court every month.