Creating a Facebook profile for the Maharashtra police is not feasible at this stage, but they have several interactive websites.
This is what GD Pol, special inspector general (law and order), has written to the Bombay High Court. Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol submitted the letter in court on Monday.
In addition, the state police said it will consider the high court’s suggestion regarding implementing the Crime Investigation Department’s (CID) approach on conducting regular meetings to discuss the status of cases.
While hearing a petition filed by Ashwini Rane, wife of slain Pune builder Nikhil Rane, the court had suggested that the Maharashtra police should set up social networking sites to interact with the public and keep complainants informed about the status of their cases. Her petition had sought transfer of the probe to an independent agency.
On implementing the CID’s approach about having regular meetings to discuss the status of cases, Pol said the CID was a specialised branch and so could concentrate on a particular case on daily basis.
He added that it was not possible for local police stations to investigate and conduct meetings on a daily basis, as they have other duties too.
The state has sought four weeks’ time to formulate draft guidelines to be followed by the police force when there is no progress in investigation, on the lines of the CID manual.