Mysuru: A Judge and a Police Officer were in sync when both of them lamented the lacuna in the investigation process and the filing of FIR in the court by the Police.
Kodagu Superintendent of Police Rajendra Prasad said that the investigating officers face information deficit in the majority of crime related incidences. The First Additional District and Sessions Judge G. Basavaraj has said that technology should be put to use while filing FIRs (First Information Report).
They raised these issues at a seminar ‘Strengthening of Criminal Justice System,’ jointly organised by Department of Prosecution and Police Department (Southern Range) at Karnataka Police Academy, here yesterday.
Prasad said that because of lack of proper information, the punishment rate is coming down. Hence, he asked his colleagues to work hard, bring out the truth through proper evidence, and help the victims.
The pressure on the Police is increasing nowadays and due to this, they are finding it difficult to gather proper information. As a result, the case itself will collapse. When the witnesses stand in the witness box, complete information is very essential. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to provide justice to the complainants.
Judge Basavaraj said that when there is a delay in submitting FIR to the courts by the Police, the criminals have every chance to escape by destroying evidence and even influencing witnesses. To overcome this, if the FIR is sent through e-mail it would not only save time but also reduce the burden on Police.
The Judge lamented that though the power of investigation has also been given to Assistant Sub-Inspectors and Head Constables, many of them do not know about special Acts and Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPC). Hence, it becomes important to educate both the ASIs and PCs on legal aspects, he added.
City Police Commissioner Dr. A.S. Rao said that the number of people punished for violating traffic rules is minimum. He suggested that justice for traffic violation must be strengthened within the ambit of the traffic rules.
Law Officer P.B. Dharendranavar, SP Ravi D. Channannavar and others were present at the seminar.