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Punish Erring Cops for Rising Acquittals: SC

Expressing serious concern over the rising number of acquittals, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments to punish investigating officers in such cases, holding that every acquittal is a failure of the whole justice delivery system.

Published: 08th January 2014 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th January 2014 08:30 AM   |  A+A-

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Expressing serious concern over the rising number of acquittals, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments to punish investigating officers in such cases, holding that every acquittal is a failure of the whole justice delivery system.

A Bench of Justice C K Prasad and Justice J S Khehar directed state governments to put in place within six months a mechanism for training police officers to ensure the accused is punished and innocent people aren’t framed.

“The system responsible for the administration of justice is responsible for having deprived them (the acquitted) of their lives equivalent to the period of their detention. It is not untrue that for all the wrong reasons innocent persons are subjected to suffer the ignominy of criminal prosecution and to suffer shame and humiliation.

“Just like it is the bounden duty of a court to serve the cause of justice to the victim, it is the duty of a court to ensure that an innocent person is not subjected to the rigours of criminal prosecution,” the Bench said. The court also asked the states to identify investigators responsible for each acquittal.

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