SC anguished over states` indifference to police reforms
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:42
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its anguish that not a single state in the country is keen on implementing the slew of police reforms directed by it in September 2006.

"Why some states, not a single state government is willing to cooperate. What can we do?," a three-judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan said.

The bench made the remarks while dealing with a plea made by counsel Prashant Bhushan for inititiating contempt action against UP, Gujarat, J& K, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh for not showing even a modicum of interest in implementing the directions passed by the apex court.

The apex court had among other things directed that senior police officers like Director Generals of Police should have a minimum tenure to ensure that they are free from political intereference, transparency in postings etc.

However, till date none of the states had complied with the directions though some of them have come out with promises of enacting suitable legislations to implement the orders. But some of the above states had not even bothered to file proper compliance reports and hence contempt proceedings should be intiated against them, Bhushan argued before the bench.

But the bench felt that let alone the states mentioned by him none of the others was cooperating in implemeting the judgement. The bench then posted the matter for further hearing to August 27.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:42


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