Monday, January 30, 2023

Phek police discuss loopholes, pending cases

Phek police organised a “crime conference” at SP office, Phek on May 17. The conference was presided by SP, Vesupra Kezo.
In a press release, assistant public prosecutor, Phek, Zheviholi Swu informed that Kezo in a brief speech encouraged the police officers to update themselves with cybercrime, POCSO, NDPS, IPC, Cr.P.C, JJ Act and to maintain principle and integrity while performing their duties.
Additional SP, R. Tochumong Chang also stressed on how police officers should be more pro-active in their investigation so that justice may be given to the victims.
The house also discussed on the ongoing pending cases, where the SP and additional SP directed the police officers to complete the investigations without delay.
Meanwhile, Zheviholi Swu highlighted the loopholes found during the investigation process, which she said, hampered the case of the prosecution in the court.
She apprised that the signatures of the seizure witness and arrest witness should be signed at place of occurrence and not at the police station.
The assistant public prosecutor said non-examination of independent witness had “seriously impaired” the credibility of the prosecution case.
Further, she briefed the police officers on judgment passed by the supreme Court in Arnesh Kumar-Versus-The State of Bihar & Anr, which was held by the apex court to ensure that police officers do not arrest accused unnecessarily.
It has directed the police officer to issue notice of appearance in terms Section 44 (A) Cr.P.C to be served on the accused within two weeks from the date of institution of suits of the case when the punishment is less than seven years of imprisonment, and also directed the police officer to provide checklist as per 41(1)(b)(ii)Cr.P.C while producing the accused before the court, she informed.
Failure to comply with the directions, the apex court said the police officer would be liable for departmental action and liable to be punished for contempt of court.
Zheviholi apprised the police officers to include proper prosecution witnesses, expert opinion, forensic report, sketch maps, photograph and other important material evidence to support the case.

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