'Pending enquiries against cops must be fast-tracked'
In a letter issued by the DGP’s office in mid-July to all police unit heads including the commissioner of police (Mumbai), states that all DEs pending for more than two years (as on April, 2015) need to be settled before March 31, 2016. Also, a list of the matters pending should be sent to the state home department.Updated: Aug 03, 2015 19:48 IST
The Maharashtra government through the director general of police’s (DGP) office has asked all police units in the state, including the Mumbai police, to review and complete departmental inquiries (DE) of police personnel from the rank of police constable (PC) to police inspector (PI) which have been pending for over two years. As per the police, sometimes DEs go on for years and the police are denied executive postings because of the continuing enquiries.
In a letter issued by the DGP’s office in mid-July to all police unit heads including the commissioner of police (Mumbai), states that all DEs pending for more than two years (as on April, 2015) need to be settled before March 31, 2016. Also, a list of the matters pending should be sent to the state home department.
Sources in the state police said a DE is instituted against police personnel if it is found that he or she has indulged in something against service rules and which is punishable but does not amount to a crime.
However, sources said many times it was found that the allegations made by the public against the police are not true but officers suffer as they are denied good postings based on the pending DE. Also, at times, it was found that senior PIs who get promoted as assistant commissioner of police themselves get some allegations levelled against them to delay accepting promotion and continue as senior PIs. This is done because being a senior PI is far more important and ‘lucrative’ than being posted as ACP in urban centres like Mumbai, sources said.
Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said DEs should usually be settled within six months but they drag on, and on many occasions they are discriminatory in nature. He said there needs to be a rule in which the person who delays the DE should be held accountable.
“Often a DE is used as a tool to either harass or to stall promotions of a competitor,” Singh said.
Recent enquiries ordered
June 2015: 8 policemen (4 officers and 4 constables) were suspended and a departmental enquiry was ordered for negligence in the spurious country liquor case in Malwani in which over 100 people died after consuming hooch
May 2015: Crime branch was asked to probe the fratricide incident at Vakola police station in which assistant sub inspector Dilip Shirke shot dead senior police inspector Vilas Joshi and injured another constable. Crime branch was asked to look into the reason which led to the shootout
April 2015: Malwani police arrested Hari Chavan for allegedly stealing an iphone 6, who allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself during the night in the police station. An enquiry was ordered and the crime branch probed the matter but gave clean chit to officers.