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Police focus on pending cases

Police officers have been instructed to go the extra mile to expedite investigation in pending cases, writes V.S. Palaniappan

The Inspector General of Police, West Zone, A. Subramanian, while reviewing the pending cases relating found that investigations were pending in a number of cases. He has asked the officers concerned in the districts and cities to clear the backlog. The pending of cases will only defeat the very objective of the law enforcing systems and dispensation of natural justice, he pointed out. No victim should go with out redressal and no accused should go with out facing the law. He advised theofficers to speed up investigations within the next 60-days and file charge sheets.

According to police sources, the West Zone, which comprises The Nilgiris, Coimbatore Rural District, Erode, Namakkal, Salem Rural District, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts besides Coimbatore and Salem City Commissionerates, has about at least 12,000 cases in which investigations are pending. The IG directed officers who assume charge in their new place of posting that they should not neglect or show lethargy in speeding up the investigations. Cases pending investigation during the tenure of their predecessors should not be left as orphan child.

When the reasons for pendency were examined, the investigating officers were found citing lame excuses and frivolous reasons for the delay.

They often cited delay in issue of medical certificates, motor vehicle damages certificate, forensic sciences department certificates as the reasonfor the delay in investigations. He said the officers should ensure that at least in respect of 10,000 cases, they should file charge sheets with in the next 60-days and ensure commencement of trial. Periodical status of pending cases, progress in investigations and trial should be sent in the form of reports to the DIGs, Commissioners and IG. Similarly, the IG also came down heavily on the officers for their attitude in attending trials in various courts.

The Investigating officers should take every possible effort to supplement the initiatives of the judiciary in ensuring speedy trial and disposal of cases.

The progress will be closely monitored and any slackness will be seriously viewed, he said.

V.S. Palaniappan

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