Court asks the police to update its crime fighting techniques

Questioning the manner of the city police`s working, a Delhi Court has asked it to update its crime fighting techniques to match those adopted by criminals and sentenced a man to 10-year jail term for possessing charas.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 20:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Questioning the manner of the
city police`s working, a Delhi Court has asked it to update
its crime fighting techniques to match those adopted by
criminals and sentenced a man to 10-year jail term for
possessing charas.

"Since the criminals are becoming more hi-tech and crimes
are not restricted to traditional methods, it is the need of
the time that investigating agencies build their capacity to
meet the challenges so that the purpose of having special laws
like Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) is
not frustrated and rule of law prevails in the society,"
Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann said.
The court made the remarks while sentencing Bhoop Singh,
convicted for being found in pssession of a 2.5 kilograms of
charas, to 10 years` jail term.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on Singh.

Questioning the manner of probe conducted by the police,
Judge Mann said "performance of the investigating agency in
this case in hand is really not encouraging. It was not able
to go beyond the first arrest and related recovery of 2.5 kg
of charas, which is a commercial quantity, despite the fact
that some leads were given in the disclosure statement by
the convict Singh."

Ruing that the police were not able to bust the gang
involved in drug trafficking, she said "the police were unable
to penetrate the hidden network of drug trafficking and this
puts a question mark on the capability of the investigating
agency in investigating serious offences under NDPS Act which
have far reaching consequences on the society and the State."

The court also pointed to the involvement of other
persons in this case, which was corroborated by the
statement by the convict.
"Possibility of his (Singh) being a carrier in an
organised illicit trafficking of charas cannot be ruled
out...It is the mandate of the law that police officers
empowered under the Act take action in discharge of their
duties diligently and the drug mafias indulging in trafficking
are brought to book," Special Judge Mann said.

Following the convict`s disclosure about involvement
of another person in the case, the court had earlier also
sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner of Police about
the action taken against the police officer who did not act on
the lead provided by the convict.

Bhoop Singh, a resident of Delhi`s Yamuna Vihar area
here, was arrested on December 24, 2008 from Paharganj and was
found in possession of 2.5 kg of contraband charas.

Singh, in his disclosure statement, had named one
Sanjay from whom he used to procure charas.

PTI