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Confirm troopers have left schools, SC tells Chhattisgarh

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Chhattisgarh government to file a report on compliance of its 2011 order directing that the security forces operating in Maoist-hit areas be shifted out from school premises.

The apex court bench of Justice S S Nijjar and Justice M Y Eqbal asked the state government to file the status report after senior counsel Ashok Desai claimed that till December 2012 the security forces were still occupying schools and ashrams.

Desai, who appeared for petitioner and Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, told the court that non-compliance of the 2011 apex court order by the Chhattisgarh government amounted to contempt of court.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the Chhattisgarh government, said that all directions of the apex court had been complied with and the security forces camping in schools and ashrams had already moved out.

The court would next hear the matter on 17 April.

The court did not take up for hearing the contempt of court petition filed by Sunder contending that even though the judges banned recruitment of civilians by the state government for its anti-Maoist operations, they were back in posts which had been given a new nomenclature.


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