In a recent Order, the Karnataka High Court has directed a police officer, who has failed to file an FIR (First Information Report) as part of his duty, to clean the public road in front of the Police Station for a week.
The incident happened in the Kalaburagi District of Karnataka when a Woman came to the Police Station to register an FIR stating that the abduction of her son.
The Division Bench at the Kalaburagi comprising of Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Justice P Krishna Bhat said that,
“The entire development in the case, after the petitioner’s son went missing, discloses to us a very disturbing facet of the functioning of the police stations in this area of the State.”
The Kalaburagi Bench added,
“The problem, primarily, is one of the police officers not complying with the procedure prescribed under the Code of Criminal Procedure, which places a high premium on the guarantee of liberty of the individuals.”
Further, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the State Bazaar Police Station, against whom the court has taken the action apologizes for his failure in performing his duties and gave a written undertaking to the court saying,
“I am ready to comply with the direction issued by the court. I render my unconditional apology for not registering the FIR and assure the court that I will not repeat this in the future.”
In response, the court directed the Superintended of Police to hold an orientation course or workshop for all the police officers within the district on “Zero FIR” as per the SC guidelines.
The Petition was filed by a 55-year old resident Minajagi Tanda named Tarabai where she stated that the Police officers did not comply with the procedures when she approached the court.
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