Policing the police, Punjab and Haryana High Court calls for details of cops, cases - ECAS Punjab

Policing the police, Punjab and Haryana High Court calls for details of cops, cases

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28

No less than 1,326 police officers/officials are facing criminal cases — at least this is what an affidavit filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Punjab Deputy Secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, says.

The figure has, however, been disputed by a cop dismissed from service. His counsel has claimed that the entire information earlier sought by the High Court in the matter has not been forthcoming. In fact, several other police officers were facing criminal cases. Some of them were continuing in service even after their conviction.

Policing the police, the High Court has called for details of accused and convicts in uniform. It has asked the Punjab Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, to file an affidavit setting out the details of FIRs registered against the serving police officers of all ranks in the state.

Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal has made it clear that the affidavit was required to mention that the nature and status of the FIRs along with the current posting of the officers. It would also elaborate upon the number of officers still continuing in service even after being convicted by a court of law.

"The affidavit shall also state as to what is the rationale in reinstating/allowing the continuance of police officers, who are facing criminal cases and those who have been convicted," Justice Grewal added.

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by Surjit Singh versus the state of Punjab and other respondents. As the case came up for hearing through videoconferencing, Justice Grewal's Bench was told that the petitioner was dismissed from service upon registration of FIR against him. But others were continuing in service despite registration of criminal cases against them.

Taking up the matter, Justice Grewal had on September 3 directed the state to file an affidavit setting out the details of the FIRs registered against the serving police officers, including their nature and status. But the affidavit in response to the direction was filed by a Deputy Secretary. It will now be filed by an Additional Chief Secretary before the next hearing in November third week.



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