Excessive powers to police dangerous, say MPs
Members in the Rajya Sabha, including from the ruling Congress, on Friday expressed grave concern over "dangerous powers" being given to the police through an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.
New Delhi: Members in the Rajya Sabha, including from the ruling Congress, on Friday expressed grave concern over "dangerous powers" being given to the police
through an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.
Participating in a debate on the bill, members across different parties, said the new law would give excessive and arbitrary powers to the police.
The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2010 is aimed at making it compulsory for the police to record the reasons for making as well as not making an arrest in respect of a cognizable offence for which the maximum punishment is up
to seven years.
The Lok Sabha has already approved the bill.
"I feel very very dangerous powers are given to the police," EM Sudarasana Natchiappan (Congress) said.
He said provisions in the proposed law would leave scope for "plea bargaining" by the police.
Natchiappan, an eminent lawyer, said the Constitution provides citizens a right of silence which should be protected. Police would take away this right, he said.
Agreeing with the Congress member, KN Balagopal (CPI-M) said though the proposed amendment in the CrPC is "technically good and correct", it can work only in "laboratory
conditions". It would give arbitrary powers to the police, he said.
Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) said though the intention behind the amendment bill is good, there were practical difficulties to avoid misuse of powers given to the police.
Similar concerns were expressed by Narendra Kumar Kashyap (BSP).