The vigilance department of the Delhi Police will now conduct surprise checks at police stations to find out whether FIRs were being duly registered.
The move comes after Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi,who took over as the head of the force in July this year,issued specific instructions pertaining to registration of FIRs for cognisable offences.
Speaking to Newsline,Bassi said,The department will be conducting surprise checks at police stations and,if an FIR for a cognisable offence has not been registered,requisite action will be taken.
The process has already begun and this move will ensure a sense of responsibility, he added.
At present,the vigilance department carries out inquiries only when a complaint is made. A senior police officer said,When a case is not registered,a complainant first approaches the vigilance department following which an inquiry is ordered.
During the surprise checks,sources said vigilance personnel will also watch the conduct of SHOs and other personnel when a complainant approaches them. If there are discrepancies in the investigation,or the officer refuses to register a case immediately,action will be taken. The Commissioner of Police issued specific instructions immediately after he took over, a senior officer in the department said.
Sources said the officer concerned,if found guilty of not registering an FIR for a cognisable offence,can face suspension or more severe action depending on how lax s/he has been. Sometimes,personnel try to investigate an incident first before registering a case. While this is permitted,now in cases of cognizable offences,registering an FIR is mandatory, the officer said.