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Above: Delhi Police personnel confronting a protest (file picture)/Photo: Bhavana Gaur   

The Supreme Court on Monday (February 19) slammed the Union of India for moving an interlocutory application (IA) seeking modification of its 11-plus-year order in Prakash Singh Vs Union of India and others in which it had passed a slew of directions regarding police reforms.

The SC bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Attorney General K K Venugopal: “How can a judgment be modified through review petition?”

The bench directed the petitioner to file a reply.

The bench was acting on a batch of contempt pleas saying that the directions passed in the Prakash Singh Vs Union of India and others have not been implemented.

In Prakash Singh case, the apex court in 2006 had passed a slew of directions including establishment of a state security commission to make sure that the government does not exercise unnecessary involvement in the police affairs.

But even after 11 years, the directions have not been implemented.

—India Legal Bureau

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