Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Judge of the Kerala High Court P.R. Raman on Saturday called upon executive magistrates to act against lorries that were engaged in illegal sand-mining instead of taking action against ordinary people who take away a sack or two for important domestic purposes. He said a number of cases pertaining to the sand-mining Act were pending before the High Court. A lot of these could have been prevented if decisive legal action was taken by officers with executive magistrate powers at the local level.

Mr. Raman was speaking at a workshop on ‘Duties and Responsibilities of Executive Magistrates,’ organised by the district administration in collaboration with the District Legal Service Authority.

He said the role of executive magistrates had increased in the last 10 years and new laws had vested more powers in them. “More powers mean more responsibility,” Mr. Raman said. “Section 133 and 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code should be used judiciously by the executive magistrates.”

Reminding executive magistrates that they had a major role to play in upholding democracy and the rule of law at the grassroot level, S.B. Sinha, judge, asked them to learn the provisions of the law and then use common sense to apply the law’s provisions to solve problems at the local level.