Dedicated IOs to investigate criminal cases for foolproof investigation
JAMMU, APRIL 23: The Government is going to improve the criminal justice system in the state with fine tuning the investigation process, improving the FSL infrastructure and deputing dedicated Police officers for the investigation, this was stated by Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq while reviewing the performance of prosecution wing of Police Department and investigation wings of the Law Department here today.
Minister said it is the responsibility of the state government to ensure that justice is delivered to the citizens and every step will be taken which will help in delivering the justice. H directed the officials of prosecution to ensure speedy disposal of criminal cases so that justice is delivered at earliest as delayed justice amounts to denial of justice.
Abdul Haq said he will regularly monitor the performance of Prosecutors, Public prosecutors and other field staff and action will be taken against those who would fail to ensure speedy trial or investigation of cases. Minister further stated that the department will regularly monitor the performance of all officers and promotions will only be made based on performance of the officers.
During the meeting it was observed that the investigation process gets affected because the Investigating Officers (IOs) simultaneously deal with the investigation and are also deputed in Law & Order duties. Minister said the government is planning to have a separate investigation wing in the Police Stations and professional investigators will be deputed so that no loophole is left in the investigation.
Calling for mutual cooperation between prosecution wing of Law Department and Investigation wing of Police Department, Abdul Haq said the officers of both the wings need to work diligently and in close synergy to provide justice to the aggrieved people. He said coordination between the investigating agencies, forensic experts, medical experts and prosecutors can lead to foolproof mechanism for establishing the case during criminal trial.
Abdul Haq said joint efforts should be made to fix the loopholes in the investigation and at prosecution or trial stages so that the criminals are not acquitted on the basis of weaknesses in investigation. He said in Criminal Justice System all stake holders must contribute their bit religiously which is paramount to justice system. He said government mulls to fine-tune the criminal justice system in the state by deputing dedicated professional police officers for investigation of the cases.
Expressing concern over certain shortcomings in drug related cases, the Minister directed the law officials to make the cases strong and foolproof to ensure that the alleged criminals do not go scot-free. He asked the Director Prosecution to issue guidelines to the Prosecuting Officers to plug lacunas in such cases. He also directed DIGs to take regular reviews of working of Prosecuting Officers, Public prosecutors and Investigating Officers.
He called for upgrading the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and directed the Director FSL to make relevant recommendations to Home Department for the up-gradation of FSL so that all the necessary investigations can be done within the state.
He also directed Director Health Jammu to ensure that medical reports related to criminal cases should be provided to investigating team immediately and doctors should ensure their attendance in court cases to provide their statements when required.
Abdul Haq said constant studies should be carried out for streamlining the court processes and the process re-engineering should be carried out by respective High Courts and rules of procedures for civil as well as criminal cases should be finalized at the earliest based on model rules framed in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganaie, Director General of Police SP Vaid, DIG of Jammu-Kathua-Samba range, Secretary Law, Abdul Majeed Bhat, Additional Secretary Home, Director Prosecution Jammu, Director FSL, Senior Prosecuting Officers, Chief Prosecuting Officers, Prosecuting Officers, Additional Prosecuting Officers and law officers of various district courts.