Gauhati HC to review after six months: Separating investigation wing of police from law & order
The Assam Government has informed the Gauhati High Court that it has notified the steps taken to separate the crime investigation wing of the Assam Police from its law and order wing.
GUWAHATI: The Assam Government has informed the Gauhati High Court that it has notified the steps taken to separate the crime investigation wing of the Assam Police from its law and order wing. The government has also proposed to train the officers in the investigation wing in different training institutions. The Gauhati High Court will review the arrangement that has been worked out by the government after six months.
A suo-moto public interest litigation (2/2019) registered by the Gauhati High Court for implementing police reforms had prompted the Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh governments to take measures to separate the investigation wing of police from the law and order wing in their respective states.
The Assam Government had filed an affidavit in the court on September 2, 2023, in which the steps to separate the crime investigation wing of the Assam Police from the law and order wing had been notified. The government also proposed that the officers in the investigation wing would be trained in different training institutions. In a hearing of the PIL recently, the divisional bench of Chief Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Susmita Phukan Khaund decided to review this arrangement after six months. The court order stated, “Thus consideration of this Suo Moto PIL is deferred by six months so as to receive the latest progress report regarding the effectiveness of the new system.”
On the other hand, the Additional Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh informed the court that in Arunachal Pradesh the process of separation of the investigation wing of police from the law and order wing had been completed and the chairperson of the Police Commission had also been appointed.
The Mizoram government informed the court that the process of appointing the chairperson of the Police Commission had not been completed in Mizoram. The court hoped that the process would be completed by the next date of hearing.
Earlier, in the hearing of the PIL on March 14, 2023, the senior advocate of the government had placed on record a communication dated March 13, 2023, issued by the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Home & Political Department, indicating that a proposal had been made to deploy a minimum of 15% of the Unarmed Branch (UB) strength of all ranks in the police stations/outposts to be exclusively assigned for investigation duties and that such officers would not be deployed for any law-and-order duties, except in emergent situations.