Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Police Complaints Authority disposes of over 90 percent cases amid the pandemic

In a remarkable achievement, the Police Complaints Authority under the Chairmanship of Justice P.S. Teji, former judge, Delhi High Court has disposed of 5751 cases out of the total 6142 complaints received during the period in between February 2019 till October 2021.

As on 31.10.2021, there are only 391 pending complaints including CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System).

The Police Complaints Authority had resumed its all public hearings and dealings with effect from March 1, 2021, this year subject to following the guidelines to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Authority was not in operation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

The Police Complaints authority has been established with an intention to examine into grievances and accusations against Delhi Police personnel on matters of custodial death, custodial rape, blackmailing or any serious abuse of power and has not been working since a while due to outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Authority, with Justice PS Teji as its Chairman, inquire into allegations of “serious misconduct” against police personnel, either Suo Motu or on a complaint received from a victim, the National Human Rights Commission or Lieutenant- Governor or Chief Secretary or Principal Secretary (Home), GNCT of Delhi.

Justice P.S. Teji has been a judge par excellence, he is known for his legal acumen, especially in Criminal Jurisprudence. During his tenure at the Delhi High Court he had an impressive rate of Disposal of cases and there are about 300 reported judgements to his credit.

Justice P.S. Teji was born on 14th August 1956 in Punjab, did his graduation from Faridkot, Post Graduation from Punjab University, Chandigarh and LLB (First Division) from Punjab University, Chandigarh. In the year 1983, he started his career as an Advocate in Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, represented Union of India in Civil, Criminal, Land Acquisition and Service Matter, represented Chandigarh Administration to conduct criminal cases, appointed as Assistant Advocate General, Punjab from February, 1991 to July, 1993 and conducted Constitutional Law, Civil, Criminal and Service Law matters. In 1995, joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service. He presided over as Additional District Judge, Additional Sessions Judge, Special Judge (NDPS), Essential Commodity Act, CBI Trial, Presiding Officer Industrial Tribunal, cases investigated by DRI and Customs.

In May 2009, was appointed as District Judge-cum-Special Judge, PC Act (CBI), became District & Sessions Judge (East) and contributed substantially in various projects at Karkardooma Courts Complex including Construction and Distribution of 480 Lawyers Chambers, Construction and Function of 1st Paperless E-Court of India, Model Lock-up, First Child Witness Court of India and First Vulnerable Witness Examination Court till elevation to High Court as an Additional Judge with effect from 15th December, 2014. Retired on 13.08.2018.

Designated as Senior Advocate in September, 2018 by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. He became the Member of DIAC, became the Member of Arbitration Centre of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh.

He was appointed as the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority on the recommendation by the Hon’ble Chief Justice, Delhi High Court on 11.12.2018 and he resumed the present office as Chairman on 24.12.2018.  

The PCA is currently working under the leadership of Justice PS Teji with other three-member (Ms Nutan Guha Biswas, IAS (Retd), Sh P. Kamaraj, IPS (Retd) and Ms Tinu Bajwa).


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