Thursday, February 9, 2023

Gauhati High Court directs Assam government to complete VHF station by June

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The Gauhati High Court directed  the State Government of Assam for the installation of very High Frequency (VHF) Stations in 8 (eight) districts by June this year.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya and Justice Soumitra Saikia closed a Suo Moto Public Interest Litigation (PIL)  to take appropriate measures to eradicate any  recurrence which compels the court to grant bail even in serious offences.

It was noticed by the Single Judge of the High Court in the proceedings of Bail Application  that the Investigating Officer in the said case had not taken any steps to call for the return of case diary, or to complete the investigation and to file charge-sheet, which resulted into the possibility and opportunity for the accused/petitioners to be enlarged on default bail.

Therefore, suo motu cognizance of such lapse on the part of the Investigation Officer was taken by the Court by way of this PIL (Suo Motu) so that appropriate measures be taken and appropriate guidelines be issued to eradicate any such recurrence which compels the court to grant bail even in serious offences.  

On notice being issued by the High Court, an affidavit-in-opposition is filed by the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Home (A) Department, on 30.10.2020, wherein the various steps taken by the State authorities, pursuant to the order dated 04.09.2020 passed by the Court in the PIL proceedings, to remove the bottlenecks in submission and collection of case diaries have been enumerated. 

By a further affidavit dated 30.09.2021, it has been brought on record that as per the order passed by the High Court on 26.03.2021, Very High Frequency (VHF) Stations have been decided to be opened in 8 (eight) districts, namely, Kamrup (Metro), Nagaon, Barpeta, Silchar, Dhubri, Hojai, Tezpur and Karimganj.

The respondent authorities have also   brought on record the efforts made to comply with the directions to set up VHF Stations in the aforesaid eight districts. The record indicates that efforts are being made to install VHF Stations at the aforesaid eight districts.

The senior Government advocate has produced on record the office Memorandum dated 16.12.2020, which was issued by the Government of Assam, Home & Political Department, regarding formulation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for submission of case diary before the High Court. The SOPs formulated pursuant to the order passed by this Court.
“1) The office of the Public Prosecutor shall place the requisition through their official e-mail and inform the concerned Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)/Superintendent of Police (SP) on their official e-mail about submission of the case diary and also intimate about return of case diary once the work related to case diary is completed in the Court. 
2) The office of Public Prosecutor shall send the information to concerned DCP/SP in the prescribed form as per Annexure-A. 
3) The DCP/SP of each police district shall appoint a Nodal Officer in the rank of Additional Commissioner of Police/Addl. Superintendent of Police (ASP)/Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) who will act as District Nodal Officer for ensuring and monitoring submission and collection of Case Diaries from Court. The Superintendent of Police shall intimate the name & designation of the Nodal Officer to the Director General of Police, respective Range Inspector General of Police (IGP)/Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) and the Public Prosecutor, Gauhati High Court from time to time. The Nodal Officer after receiving the communication about submission of case diary shall maintain the details in a register (Physical or Digital) and shall inform the concerned officerin-charge. 
4) The case diary shall be sent by the concerned Officer-in-Charge of the Police   Station directly to the High Court with intimation to the concerned Nodal Officer in the office of the respective Superintendent of Police. 
5) In cases where the District Nodal Officers are unable to receive case diary from the Public Prosecutor, High Court within 30 days from the date of initial submission, the matter shall be brought to the notice of the concerned Range IGP/DIGP through the DCP/SP concerned. If the case diary is not received within 60 days from the date of submission, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) shall take up with the Public Prosecutor, Gauhati High Court for immediate resolution. 

7) The office of the Public Prosecutor would inform the concerned Districts/Organisations with copy to respective Range IGP/DIGP and CID of instances where the case diaries are likely to remain with the Court beyond 15 (fifteen) days after the matter was listed.
8) The Director General of Police would from core groups in the districts to examine the feasibility of submitting case diaries digitally with concurrence of the Hon’ble High Court.”
Considering the aforesaid, following directions are issued by the High Court : 
(i) That the State Government shall comply with the earlier order dated 26.03.2021 and complete the installation of VHF Stations in 8 (eight) districts, i.e. Kamrup (Metro), Nagaon, Barpeta, Silchar, Dhubri, Hojai, Tezpur and Karimganj and make the VHF Stations operative as early as possible, preferably by 30.06.2023. 
(ii) The State Government is further directed to issue appropriate Office Memorandum indicating Standard Operating Procedures by way of guidelines, as brought on record before this Court, within a period of four weeks from today. 
(iii) The State Government shall see that the guidelines provided in the SOP are   adhered to both by Public Prosecutors as well as the Assam Police in its true letter and spirit. 
(iv) The State Government shall adhere to the directions issued by the High Court.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

News Update