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Written by Jagpreet Singh Sandhu | Chandigarh | Updated: November 17, 2020 9:49:00 am Punjab Police (Express photograph by Jaipal Singh)Punjab Police will no extra parade the arrested accused earlier than the media, the chiefs of police within the districts and the commissionerates in state have knowledgeable Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Human Rights.
The senior superintendents of police and commissioners of police, in an official communique, have knowledgeable the ADG that they are going to be adopting the instructions issued by the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) on July 6, 2020. The PHRC had issued the instructions on a petition by Advocate Nikhil Saraf of Mohali.
Saraf, in his petition earlier than the PHRC, had sought instructions to all of the police officers in Punjab that no accused must be paraded earlier than media, as this apply is opposite to the instructions handed by the Supreme Court, quantities to gross violation of elementary rights of the residents, and is towards all tenets of human rights.
The petitioner acknowledged within the criticism that state police was indulging in unconstitutional acts by parading accused earlier than the media, “amounting to blatant transgression into the domain of judiciary, wherein the Punjab Police has given itself the right to adjudicate the crime and declare anyone a criminal” with out following due means of regulation.
“Our Constitution guarantees that an accused is innocent till proven guilty by the courts after following due process of law,” he contended.
Saraf additional submitted that in varied judgments, the Supreme Court has acknowledged clearly and emphatically that parading of accused earlier than media is grossly violative of Article 21 of the Constitution which ensures proper to life and liberty together with truthful trial. Meanwhile, varied states have already made a really clear coverage on this difficulty and have issued related orders to the respective state police pressure that no accused shall be paraded earlier than the media.
“The colonial practice to parade accused before media (newspapers and television) as some hunted animal trophy is worst form of abuse of human rights of an individual. The British adopted this practice to ensure that the masses remain fearful and subservient to handful of rulers, and they were very successful in doing so, but this sort of abuse cannot be allowed to carry on in a free India that has placed fundamental rights of its citizens as non negotiable,” argued the petitioner.
The PHRC bench of Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari (Chairperson) taking cognizance of the matter known as for a report from the Punjab by the Director General of Police. A a replica of the criticism was ordered to be despatched every to the Punjab DGP and the DGP, Human Rights for compliance.
The DGP Human Rights had despatched an official communique to the SSPs and CPs to adjust to the instructions of the PHRC. In response, the 27 prime police officers, together with SSPs and CPs, despatched a communique informing the DGP Human Rights that vital directions have been issued to all station home officers and in-charges of police posts for vital motion. The studies acquired from the SSPs and CPs have been submitted earlier than the PHRC. The matter is now scheduled at PHRC for March 22, 2021.
Hearing a petition filed by NGO People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by then Chief Justice of India RM Lodha in 2014 had requested safety businesses to cease parading accused earlier than the media. “Media briefings by investigating officer during ongoing investigations should not happen. It is a very serious matter. This issue touches upon Article 21,” the then Chief Justice had mentioned, including no matter is claimed by investigating officers throughout such media briefings “prejudices the person even before he is charged of the crime”. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to affix our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the most recent headlines For all the most recent India News, obtain Indian Express App.

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