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Commissions to ensure police independence

SC said there should also be separate wings for investigation and the enforcement of law and order in India.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 13:03 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday suggested the formation of State Security Commissions along with a national security commission to ensure independence of police force across the country.

The court also suggested that the state Director General of Police (DGP) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) should have a two-year minimum fixed tenure.

There should also be separate wings for investigation and the enforcement of law and order in the country, the court added.

The court said that all these suggestions would remain operational till model police code was made by the government.

These suggestions were given by a Bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal on a petition filed by a retired police officer Prakash Singh.

The court directed both the Centre and the state governments to file compliance reports by January next year.

Important criminal cases having inter-state or international links, should be handled only by the Central Buro of Investigation (CBI), the court said.

The Centre and the National Human Rights Commission were asked to examine the suggestions and file a report within four months.