Aiming to regulate private detectives and outsourcing some policing jobs to detective agencies in the country, the government is set to introduce a bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.
Drafted by the home ministry, the Private Detective Regulation Bill 2007 seeks to bring the private detective agencies under government control and eliminate fly by night operators.
A senior home ministry official said the draft of the bill is ready and it would be tabled in Parliament in the coming session. Since the functioning of the private detectives is not regulated in the absence of a law and also after the Amar Singh tape case, the ministry decided to intervene and prepare the bill. There was also a constant demand from the detective associations seeking government's help in strengthening the private detective network in the country.
Once the bill is enacted, the policing jobs like issuing summons, verification of passports, pre-employment checking are to be handed over to private detectives.
"However, core policing will remain with the police and private detectives would be sharing some of responsibilities of the police so that the latter is comparatively free to focus on law and order problem, said the official.