The Madras High Court has once again held that the litigants should approach only the jurisdictional police station for lodging complaints.
Justice S Nagamuthu of the Madras High Court gave the ruling again while allowing a criminal original petition from an accused.
“At least from the instant case the people will learn that information should be laid at first instance, without delay at the police station. It is time for the Station House officers to rise up to the occasion to prove that they shall take prompt action on such information,” the judge said.
In this case, the complaint was given to the City Police Commissioner by a bank and the case was registered after a lapse of 10 months by the police station concerned. The matter pertained to the purchase of a Maruthi car with a loan of `8,39,000 from the West Mambalam branch of the Karnataka Bank.
As there was some fraud involved in the dealing, the bank lodged a complaint with the City Police Commissioner on January 11, 2013. After traveling through the subordinate officers, the complaint finally reached the jurisdictional police officer only on October 7.
Had the information been laid at the first instance itself directly to the officer-in-charge of the police station concerned, the Station House officer would have registered the case immediately and the money could have been recovered, Justice Nagamuthu said.
The judge also said that it is high time that the police erased the feeling of the public that if only the complaint islo dged with the top official, prompt action would be taken on it.