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Time to set up crime control authority

Establishment of Mafia/ Organised Crime Control Authority A mafia/ organised crime control authority should be established in the State. The authority should be headed by a senior police officer known for his merit, uprightness, integrity and vision. He should be assisted by senior experts drawn from various departments, tax consultants, criminologists, and legal experts, besides a dedicated police force. He would be authorised to investigate cases against such mafia/ organised crime syndicates and bring them to book.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 01:18 IST

(2) Establishment of Mafia/ Organised Crime Control Authority
A mafia/ organised crime control authority should be established in the State.

The authority should be headed by a senior police officer known for his merit, uprightness, integrity and vision. He should be assisted by senior experts drawn from various departments, tax consultants, criminologists, and legal experts, besides a dedicated police force. He would be authorised to investigate cases against such mafia/ organised crime syndicates and bring them to book.

(A) The head of the authority should be assured a tenure of at least three years.

(B) The mafia/ organised crime control authority should be empowered to collate, classify, upgrade and disseminate information.

(C) The authority shall devise such ways and means to combat mafia activities as needed from time to time. The authority shall be given adequate budgetary support directly.

(D) The court may monitor the activities/ operation of the authority regularly so as to ensure political neutrality of the authority.

(3) In the long run, it would be better to separate the investigation wing of the police from normal law and order duty, so that investigation work is not hampered. Those who are drawn into the investigative wing should get accelerated promotion, so as to draw the best talent.

Judicial /Legislative Reforms
It is to be admitted that the present legislative provisions are grossly inadequate to fight the mafia/ organised crime. The Vohra Committee observed way back in 1993 that our judicial system, which was established to deal with individual criminals/ incidents, was at its wit's end when such mafia groups have taken shelter/ advantage of our legal system. It is common knowledge that forfeiture/ attachment of mafia property is almost impossible.

The committee admitted that mafia organisations have established and are running parallel governments, which was an aberration and a challenge to the state. The committee observed that State agencies established to fight crime, function within their confined cocoons and there was no effective exchange of information.