Protest amendment in CrPC that gives more powers to police
Lawyers of the District Courts in Chandigarh,Mohali and Panchkula have decided to boycotted work on Monday to protest against the amendment of Section 41 and 309 in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
N K Nanda,president of Chandigarh District Bar Association,while terming the move as anti-litigants and anti-lawyers,demanded its withdrawal. The lawyers,meanwhile,have also appealed to the President not to approve the Bill.
We have decided not to carry out work in the District Courts on Monday as a mark of protest. The amendments would give the police the power to decide whether to arrest a person or to summon him for the offence which involes punishment for less than 7 years. This would certainly affect the business of lawyers. Since the amendment does not make any sense,we are opposing it, he added.
Lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,meanwhile,have decided not to join the strike.
According to the amendment,under Section 309,trial of rape cases should preferably be completed within two months.
Moreover,to ensure a speedy trial,the court shall not adjourn the case on grounds of the concerned lawyers engagement in another court or his inability to attend the case due to illness. The amendment also empowers the police to issue a notice to a criminal,instead of arresting him,for involvement in a case where the maximum punishment is seven years.
The lawyers also observed that the amendments will give wide powers to the police,leaving criminals free to commit offences.
Former DSP accuses cops,ex-home secy of victimising him
A retired Deputy Superintendent of Police has filed a criminal complaint and suit for defamation against former UT Home Secretary and various other police as well as Administration officials for allegedly victimising him for nearly two decades of his service. The case will come up for hearing in a local court today. D S Thakur alleged that the former Home Secretary and a few police officers acted in a biased manner against him which caused unnecessary harassment,mental torture,insult and humiliation to him and his family members. He further alleged that the former Home Secretary and some police officers were involved in falsely implicating him in a case,which led to his suspension with a departmental enquiry and criminal case of forgery marked against him.To add to Thakurs agony,the department reportedly gave him a clean chit,months after he was retired from service. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has also reportedly narrated all the facts concerning the said episode in her book I Dare. Thakur has even cited Kiran Bedi as a key witness in his defence.If the enquiry officer had already given me a clean chit; why did the supervising officers sit over the case for years? Whenever I was promoted or posted,they resorted to the plea of a pending enquiry against me,the findings of which was already lying on their tables, said Thakur while speaking to Newsline. He added: It was nothing but a deliberate ploy to restrict me from getting good postings and timely promotions and other retirement benefits.