After rap, DGP orders cops to depose as witnesses in drug circumstances

After rap, DGP orders cops to depose as witnesses in drug circumstances

Tribune Information Service

Saurabh Malik

Chandigarh, January 4

Rapped repeatedly by the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket for failure of the police officers to step within the witness field in medicine circumstances regardless of recurring adjournments and issuance of bailable and non-bailable warrants, Punjab Director-Normal of Police has issued detailed directions.

Showing earlier than Justice Jasgurpreet Singh Puri’s Bench, Advocate-Normal submitted that the directions had been issued to the police officers within the districts and the commissionerates. He added that the menace would hopefully be solved “as early as attainable since weekly and month-to-month experiences are being sought not solely by the workplace of the DGP, but in addition by the Director-Vigilance”.

Justice Puri had, on a earlier date of listening to, requested the Advocate-Normal to help the Bench in bigger perspective because the court docket had seen in a number of circumstances that the police officers of their capability of official witnesses weren’t deposing in drug circumstances regardless of the issuance of bailable and non-bailable warrants and even warrants of arrest.

“Wanting on the sensitivity of the scenario, the Advocate-Normal has immediately apprised this court docket that now the DGP has issued detailed directions…,” Justice Puri noticed, whereas taking up document a replica of the directions/letter dated November 30, 2022.

Justice Puri was listening to a medicine case the place the police officers didn’t depose regardless of 20 adjournments, issuance of bailable warrants for eight occasions and non-bailable warrants as soon as. Justice Puri noticed the court docket, prima facie, had causes to consider that the accused weren’t responsible of the offence at the least on the present stage.

Justice Puri additionally made it clear that the info of the case would lead the court docket to attract an “hostile inference” towards the prosecution, at the least for contemplating the impact of Part 37 of the NDPS Act, containing bar to bail in circumstances involving business amount.

Granting common bail to 2 accused in a case registered on March 12, 2021, underneath the NDPS Act, Justice Puri noticed each had confronted incarceration for over 20 months.

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