Law & order meetings:UP IPS body urges chief secy to implement DGP’s suggestions
The Uttar Pradesh IPS Association on Wednesday urged chief secretary Rajive Kumar to implement director general of police Sulkhan Singh’s suggestions about holding law and order review meetings in the districts under the chairmanship of district magistrates.Updated: Dec 14, 2017 15:26 IST
The Uttar Pradesh IPS Association on Wednesday urged chief secretary Rajive Kumar to implement director general of police Sulkhan Singh’s suggestions about holding law and order review meetings in the districts under the chairmanship of district magistrates.
Praveen Singh, the IPS Association, sent a letter to the chief secretary, drawing his attention to the order issued by him on September 7.
Praveen Singh said superintendents of police had grown restive as, after the chief secretary’s directive, the government order issued by programme implementation department had empowered the district magistrates to review crime and investigation of cases of crime.
The SPs saw the government order as direct interference in their working, he said.
Taking cognizance of the objections of SSPs/SPs, the DGP had written a letter to the chief secretary on November 7, stating that all the police officers, barring the station house officers, participated in law and order meetings.
Since subdivisional magistrates (SDMs) and magistrates were also associated with maintaining law and order, the district administration officers should be also directed to attend these meetings, the DGP had stated in his letter.
“Even after a month, no effort has been made to implement the suggestions made by the DGP. The SPs are concerned as confusion prevails over their power, responsibilities and duties. The state government must remove the uncertainty created by the order,” Praveen Singh said.
Rather than the home department, the order had been issued by the programme implementation department which was oblivious of the role of SSPs/SPs in maintaining law and order as well as controlling crime, he said.
He pointed out that the Police Regulations also restrained DMs from taking decisions that weaken the position of the SPs. The DMs had been also directed not to interfere in the working of the SPs who were considered the channel between magistrates and the police force.
All the orders regarding the working of the police force are issued by him. The order issued on September 7 was against the very spirit of the Police Regulations, Praveen Singh said.
The IPS Association suggested that the crime review meeting should be called administrative coordination and review meeting with the DM and the SP jointly chairing it.
EX-BUREAUCRATS OPPOSE ORDER
Former IPS and IAS officers have opposed the chief secretary’s order for holding of district crime review meetings under the chairmanship of the district magistrates.
Talking to HT, Anil Kumar Gupta, former chairman of the Revenue Board, said the DM was the head of the district administration, but the crime review meetings in the districts were held under the chairmanship of the SPs.
The district magistrates had no time to review the crime as they were too engrossed in reviewing development projects and welfare schemes, he said.
The DMs on occasion merely completed the formalities while reviewing action in heinous crime cases. The Police Act and Manuals also state that crime review meetings will be held under the chairmanship of SPs, he said.
Former director general of police Prakash Singh said the chief secretary’s order was unwarranted and amounted to interference in the working of the SPs. In the 35 years of police service, the crime review meetings were held under the chairmanship of the SPs, he said.
Technically, the DM was head of the district crime administration but his role was that of coordination and not supervision, Prakash Singh said.
Some IAS officers wished to show their superiority over the police officers, but it’s not healthy for the administration. The police officers will feel humiliated and demoralised, he said.
First Published: Dec 14, 2017 15:26 IST