Apex court upset over police reluctance to register FIRs

July 14th, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday got extremely upset over the police forces’ general reluctance to register criminal cases on complaints of the poor and hapless victims of crimes and the tendency to show them the door. Upset over the police’s apathetic attitude towards complaints by poor victims, a bench of Justice B.N. Agrawal sought to know from all the state governments what remedial steps they have taken to address the malady.

The bench, which also included Justice G.S. Singhvi, got upset while hearing a lawsuit by a poor woman from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh who said she was turned away by officials of the Loni police station without registering an FIR on her complaint about kidnapping of her 16-year-old daughter.

“It’s a disturbing state of affairs in the country,” the bench observed while issuing notices to the union and state governments, seeking their explanations about the steps they have taken to curb the tendency of the police.

The bench felt “aghast” that despite the penal laws of the land along with various apex court rulings making it mandatory for the police to register an FIR after receiving a complaint, the police were still loath to register FIRs.

The bench also ordered uploading the apex court’s judgement on its website in such a way that it could be easily accessed by the public.

Registration of an FIR is the first legal acknowledgement of occurrence of a crime, needing probe by the police to catch the culprits.

In her petition, Ghaziabad resident Lalita Devi said the police were not merely refusing to register a criminal case and investigate it, but were also threatening her with dire consequences for not withdrawing her complaint about the kidnapping of her teenaged daughter.

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