CP’s instructions given the go-by?

Sumit Bhattacharjee

VISAKHAPATNAM: Despite the written instructions from Commissioner of Police N. Sambasiva Rao to all police stations not to arrest people without proper investigation and obtaining orders from a superior officer in connection with cases under Section 498 A of the IPC, junior officers seem to continue to arrest people without following the instructions.

This was revealed by coordinator of the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) B.K. Agarwal to The Hindu. He said that the foundation obtained the details of arrests under the RTI Act from the Fifth Town Police Station in this regard.

A detailed report from the Inspector of Police, Fifth Town, revealed that the number of cases booked under cognisable offences from October 18 to December 17, 2008, were 77. Out of which, 22 were under the 498 A section and the remaining comprised of other offences. While the number of arrests in the 498 A cases was 62, the arrests under the remaining 55 cases were 57. “This clearly indicates that the arrests under the 498 A section go unabated. As per details revealed, all the arrests were made within 48 hours and without any investigation or obtaining orders from the higher authorities,” said the SIFF coordinator. He termed the attitude of the junior officers as “unjust and outright contempt of both the Supreme Court’s order and the Commissioner’s instructions.” The Apex court, in its judgment of Joginder Kumar Vs State of UP, had clearly notified that all arrests under the section should be made after proper investigation and obtaining an order from a senior officer of DCP rank.

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