Courts dock cops’ pay for delaying case status reports

Taking a tough stand on Delhi Police officials who do not file status reports of cases on time, the trial courts of the national capital have now started imposing fines on those responsible.

Published: 08th October 2017 07:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2017 08:12 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Taking a tough stand on Delhi Police officials who do not file status reports of cases on time, the trial courts of the national capital have now started imposing fines on those responsible. This will be deducted directly from their salaries.

The step was taken after the Delhi High Court reviewed the reasons for pendency in trial courts. It found that due to the indiscipline prevalent among the police, no case is meeting the deadline. “In the absence of status reports, it becomes difficult for the court to adjudicate further on the case,” said a court official.
Earlier this week, a Dwarka court imposed a fine of `5,000 on a station house officer. It directed that the fine be deducted from his salary so that the police official too can ‘feel the pain’ of cost imposed.

The court was hearing an accident case wherein the victim was seeking compensation. No status report had been filed by the investigating officer in the year-old case.

The court also slapped an additional fine of `3,000 on the investigating officer with a direction that the fine be deducted from his salary.

The salary cut will also be indicated in the service record of the police officer. If the act is repeated a number of times, strict action would be taken.

From time to time, the Delhi High Court has warned police officials to adhere to the deadlines given by the court for smooth working of the judicial system. But despite that no concrete steps were taken.

Law Cracks Down

  • Fines to be imposed for not filing status report on time
  • It will be deducted from the respective police officer’s salary
  • The matter will be mentioned in the service book
  • Repetitive offenders will be penalised further
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