Delhi High Court seeks governments’ view on protecting basic police rights
The plea had also sought directions to formulate and implement guidelines for prevention and control of violent mass agitations and destruction of life and property.Updated: May 04, 2019, 02:56 IST
The Delhi high court on Friday sought the response of the Central and the Delhi governments on the issue of “protection of the fundamental rights of the police personnel of the country and issuance of directions/guidelines to enforce the statutory provisions.”
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and justice AJ Bhambhani issued notices on a plea initiated on the directions of the Supreme Court, seeking directions to all the states and union territories to constitute a police commission to deal with allegations of police action and redressal of grievances of police.
The plea had also sought directions to formulate and implement guidelines for prevention and control of violent mass agitations and destruction of life and property. It had also sought directions to fill the vacant posts in the police and state armed forces, so that the police forces are not overburdened.
While disposing of a petition filed by one Manish Kumar on March 11, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, justice Deepak Gupta and justice Sanjiv Khanna, had noted, “From the material on record and the orders passed by this court from time to time, it appears that one of the central issues canvassed till date is the filling up of the large number of vacancies in the police forces in the states.”
The three-judge bench had directed that the matter be sent to the respective high courts of the states and Union territories. It said that issues and problems are “state specific” and can be appropriately dealt with by the respective high courts.
“…..the records pertaining to each of the states including the affidavits etc, be sent by the Supreme Court registry to the Registry of the high courts concerned with a request to the Chief Justice of the high courts to entertain the matter on the judicial side as suo motu Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and monitor the prayers made from time to time,” it ordered.
Following this, the high court on Friday sought to know the stand of the authorities and set July 31 as the next date of hearing.