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Cops deny using offensive word for African national

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18

The expression for which the Punjab Police was rapped by the Punjab and Haryana High Court was not used by it at all, at least this is what the police has told the Bench. In the midst of a row for allegedly using an offensive term for describing an African resident, the police today submitted before the High Court that the expression was, in fact, used by an accused in his statement and faithfully reproduced in accordance with the provisions of law.

As the case came up for resumed hearing through videoconferencing, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina’s Bench was told that the “offensive word” was neither used by nor mentioned in police proceedings or other documents forming a part of the police report by complainant Sub-Inspector Surinder Singh, Investigating Officer ASI Surjit Singh or any other police official involved in the matter on their own accord.

A perusal of the police report under 173 CrPC would reveal that the word cropped up in the matter at the time of recording disclosure statement suffered by the accused. “The police officials, while recording the statement of complainant, witnesses and accused persons, cannot make any changes in the language or narrative version being dictated by either of them. This was the reason that led to the recording of the ‘offensive word’ in the paper work/case file, being a verbatim recording of the disclosure made by the petitioner,” it was added.

The Bench was also told that Punjab Director-General of Police Dinkar Gupta has already issued detailed instructions to the field units to comply with the High Court directions and not to use any offensive or racist words in any official records such as FIRs, final investigation reports, seizure memos and `panchnamas’ prepared by the police.

Earlier, the Punjab Police faced the High Court wrath after they were found using a “highly offensive” word for an African national in their final investigation report filed before a trial court.

Asking the DGP to intervene, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina had asked him to consider and notify instructions, asking the force never to use offensive terms in case papers.

from The Tribune

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