On 1,398 police officials facing criminal charges and still in uniform, the Punjab government will have to file a status report in the high court.
Taking up a public-interest petition by a non-government organisation, Resurgence India, the Punjab and Haryana high court came out with this direction on Wednesday.
The special division bench comprising justice MM Kumar and justice RN Raina also allowed lawyer HC Arora to assist the court as intervener, and issued notice of motion to the state on his application for day-to-day trials of the tainted police officials.
Appearing for the NGO, lawyer APS Shergill submitted that the NGO had found though the Right to Information (RTI) that 1,398 Punjab policemen had been facing criminal charges in 2009. Lawyer
Arora said a latest RTI input suggested that some police officials were under trial for the past nine years, and the charges included attempt to murder and killing. He said many of the deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) were tainted.
"Such police officials can neither be placed under suspension forever, nor be dismissed or removed from service on the mere basis that they faced criminal cases," read Arora's application. "Action against them can be taken only after they are convicted of the criminal offences."
The court adjourned the case for May 17.