New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from all the states on a PIL seeking framing of guidelines for speedy probe and subsequent fast-track trials in cases involving influential public functionaries who manage to prolong the investigation and judicial processes.
A bench of justices AK Patnaik and V Gopala Gowda, after considering a report of the Law Commission on fast-tracking trials involving influential persons, said apart from the Centre, it would also like to hear from all state governments.
The court, which issued notices to the states, has now listed the the PIL, filed in 2004 by lawyer VK Ohri, for hearing in January, next year.
Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Ohri, referred to the report of the Law Commission and gave suggestions for speedy probe and the trial involving important public functionaries.
"The influential persons, who have committed gruesome crimes against the common man, have gone scot free due to the delay in process manipulated by them by virtue of their influence," he said.
"The investigation of all criminal cases involving influential persons should be monitored by the DGP (head of the police) of the state/UT.
"There should be a fixed time period (maximum 3 months) for completion of the investigation.
"One police officer should be identified in every case who would be held responsible for delay in the investigation or failure in completing the investigation within the fixed time period," he said, while referring to the suggestions mooted by Ohri.
Referring to the Law Commission`s suggestions, he said, "A copy of the FIR concerning the involvement of influential public men in cognizable crimes, apart from being sent to the magistrate, should also be forwarded to SP/SSP concerned."