Goa police cry harassment by lower judiciary

September 30th, 2008 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Sep 30 (IANS) It is police versus in judiciary in Goa. A senior police official has written to a judge, alleging “harassment” of policemen in court and suggesting measures to smoothen “strained relations” between the two sides.Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Bosco George in a confidential letter to the District and Sessions Judge (North Goa) notes: “Harassment in court over petty matters has strained relations between the police officers and the court.”

“In-charges of police stations are called in open courts and insulted by casting aspersions on the police officers if the warrants are not executed,” reads the letter which has raised eyebrows in Goa’s judicial and police circles.

The letter, dated Aug 6, goes on to draw the judge’s attention to the irony that while prosecution witnesses are fined if they fail to attend courts, those accused in gambling-related offences are fined the minimum amount.

The letter says police officers seeking remand for the accused are “made to sit in court and are attended to only after court proceedings”.

George said the letter was based on the complaints he received from officers working under him.

The letter has a list of suggestions including a fixed court time for the granting of remand.

Senior police officials echoed the contents of the letter.

“A lot of manpower is being used to beef up the security apparatus in the state. Police station in-charges and other senior officials should be allowed to focus on these matters rather than being made to sit in courts all day long,” a deputy superintendent of police told IANS on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, Goa Law Secretary V.P. Shetye refused to comment on the letter, saying he had no authority to do so.

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