Multi-member police complaints authority

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2014 12:08 IST

The Haryana assembly on Monday passed the Haryana Police (Amendment) Bill, 2014, to provide for multimember state and district police complaint authorities.

As per the existing provisions, only one person can be appointed in the state police complaint authority. Following the amendment, the Authority would have four members, including a chairperson. The chairperson and members would be appointed by the CM from the persons of eminence having wide knowledge and experience of at least 20 years in the field of public life, academic, law, administration and governance, criminal administration and social work on the recommendations of state committee to be constituted. Out of the four, the authority would have at least one woman member.

The term of the chairperson or a member would be three years unless he or she resigns at any time before the expiry of their term or attains the age of 70. The chairperson and member on expiry of his or her term would be eligible for re-appointment for another term of three years to till he or she attains the age of 70. The authority would inquire into allegations of serious misconduct against police personnel of the rank of DSP and above.

The district police complaint authority would also now consist of a chairperson and three members.

The district-level authority would inquire against police personnel up to the rank of inspectors. The Authority would decide the complaints within a period of six months from the date of receipt of complaint.

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