When the Before-bail-chargesheet (BBC) drive was started last year in the central region, there were doubts about its time-bound nature hampering the quality of the investigations amongst several police officers falling under the region.
“The results are there for everyone to see. If the investigations were not good, then we would not see a conviction rate of above 77%,” said additional commissioner of police (Central Region), Vineet Agarwal.
He added, “ Not only does this prove that the investigations have been swift, but filing the charge sheet immediately after arrest has also helped us build watertight cases against accused.” He added that a delay in filing of charges and the subsequent investigations becomes counter productive because cases get cold with time. “ An officer is in charge of several cases and as newer cases come his way, the old cases keep piling without much headway. Hence keeping the process time-bound becomes important.”
Initially, there was a perception that BBC will not be applicable in serious offences where the framing of charging or investigation may take a longer period as compared to a case of chain snatching. “ This is not true because there have been cases of murder where a charge sheet has been filed before the 90-day-period, after which the accused normally gets bail.”
“With the doubts being taken care of, we shall pursue the drive with greater zeal,” added Agarwal.