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One Public Interest Litigation to put “Fire ON the Belly” of Bengal Police

Category: RTI & PIL

Published On: January 15, 2017

By: AKA

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Now the Calcutta High Court has decided to take unfit cops to task. Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a retired Army jawan Kamal Dey about the lack of physical fitness among West Bengal policemen, a division bench of the Calcutta High Court headed by chief justice Nishita Matre has ordered the home secretary of the state to submit a status report on the fitness of policemen in the West Bengal Police and Kolkata Police forces within a month time.

The petitioner says that due to bulging bellies, policemen are often unable to chase offenders and hesitate to investigate a case to file a chargesheet and instead they file an FRT (final report true). An FRT is issued when the police believe the complaint may be true but are unable to substantiate the charges. The petitioner believes the issue of FRTs is much higher in West Bengal than in other states due to the lethargic nature of policemen here.

There will be debates, allegations and justifications. But there are two questions that came to my mind.

Do all of us know that PIL has become a tool to create noise about correct issues?

In Ananda Bazar Patrika the news came out with a Photo. What is the mental state of that Policeman?

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