New Delhi: The Supreme Court has held that
every citizen has a right to get his or her complaint
investigated by police in an impartial manner and denial of
the same is violative of the Constitution.
A bench of justices A K Ganguly and T S Thakur said in a
judgement that investigation procedures cannot be selectively
applied to some and denied to others.
"In the facts and circumstances of this case, we find
that every citizen of this country has a right to get his or
her complaint properly investigated.
"The legal framework of investigation provided under our
laws cannot be made selectively available only to some persons
and denied to others.
"This is a question of equal protection of laws and is
covered by Article 14 of the Constitution," the apex court
The apex court passed the judgement while upholding an
appeal filed by Azija Begum challenging the refusal of the
trial court and the Bombay High Court to order an independent
investigation by any authority other than the local police in
the case relating to the murder of one Imran.
Imran was found murdered under mysterious circumstances
on February 22, 2009.