Take FIR registration off police hands
Fed up with increasing complaints about ?non-registration of FIRs, DGP Yashpal Singh today mooted a proposal for taking away the FIR registration powers from the police stations and handing them over to some other agency.india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 01:46 IST
Fed up with increasing complaints about ‘non-registration of FIRs, DGP Yashpal Singh today mooted a proposal for taking away the FIR registration powers from the police stations and handing them over to some other agency.
He said the police should only be entrusted with the task of investigation of the case. The DGP dubbed complaints of non-registration of FIRs as a “phanda” (noose ) tightening around the department. He said the biggest problem of the department was complaints about FIRs.
Intervening in the debate over the police functioning during a presentation of the department at senior police officers’ conference here on Friday, the DGP shocked the participants with his innovative suggestion. While there were hardly any takers of the proposal at the meeting, a vocal woman officer said that handing over such a power to an agency like the CID would only worsen the situation.
The DGP said the whole problem had been revolving around registration of FIRs and complaint s about non-registration had already brought a bad name to the department. He said during the crime review meetings with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, he had observed that there was strong political will about the registration of crimes.
There was an urgent need for ‘drastic steps’ to improve the situation, said the DGP. He said the department would have to reverse the system and it could be done by assigning the responsibility for lodging FIRs to some other agency.
Though he did not name the agency, an officer got up to suggest that the CID could do it. However, SSP Varanasi, Navnit Sikera, disagreed and felt that it would not change the situation. Sikera said the misconception about non-registration was deep rooted as there was a rampant feeling that SOs did not register the case.
Another officer pointed out that bureaucracy with “vested interest” always complained about non-registration of cases. He said in all government formats, this information was always sought on priority. There was also a suggestion about elimination of a long list of cognizable and non-cognizable offences in connection with FIR registration.