Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:47:22 GMT

SC comes to unorganised workers rescues, defends its activism

New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Defending growing judicial activism, the Supreme Court today said it cannot simply shut its eyes when the State and its instrumentalities deprive the underprivileged sections of their basic rights.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said superior courts like the Supreme Court and High Courts have a duty entertain PILs and petitions filed by bonafide individuals and NGOs espousing the cause of the underprivileged.
The apex court in a judgement directed the Delhi Jal Board and other civic agencies like MCD to ensure minimum safety and health standard for sewerage and other unorganised workers employed either by the civic bodies or contractors outsourced by these agencies.

"The most unfortunate part of the scenario is that whenever one of the three constituents of the State i.e., judiciary, has issued directions for ensuring that the right to equality, life and liberty no longer remains illusory for those who suffer from the handicaps of poverty, illiteracy and ignorance and directions are given for implementation of the laws enacted by the legislature for the benefit of the have-nots, a theoretical debate is started by raising the bogey of judicial activism or judicial overreach," the bench said. (more) PTI RB

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