Expressing dissatisfaction in the manner in which the investigation is being done in serious crimes, the court had earlier suggested the government to have a serious look at creating a separate investigation wing and not to burden the law and order police.Pursuant to the earlier direction, DGP C Sylendra Babu filed a status report before the court. The DGP stated that after elaborate discussions, it was decided that to begin with, the separation of law and order and investigation wings shall be done in 11 police stations with one station in each range headquarters.
The rationale for choosing these police stations are adequate manpower and the number of cases reported in these stations are also substantial. The performance of these investigation units can be monitored closely by senior police officers.
The DGP further stated that one police commissionerate – Coimbatore city has also been chosen for the above scheme. The crime police stations under the commissionerate will function as investigation wings. The wings have been assigned to investigate serious offences so that there will be more focus and better results.
State public prosecutor Hasan Mohammed Jinnah appearing for the DGP submitted that the wings will focus on investigations in murder/murder for gain, dacoity, robbery, suspicious death, grace burglary, firearms/explosive cases, kidnapping for ransom, caste and religious clashes, fatal accidents involving multiple deaths and any other important cases assigned by the superintendent of police/commissioner of police to the wing. Advocate general R Shunmugasundaram, appearing for the state submitted that the suggestions put forth by the court will be implemented in a phased manner throughout the state.
Taking cognizance of the submissions, a division bench of justice M S Ramesh and justice N Anand Venkatesh appreciated the immediate follow up action taken by the state government and DGP in this regard. As the next step, the police personnel, who are exclusively involved in the investigation wing, shall be provided with sufficient training in investigation techniques, particularly, considering the improvement in information technology crimes and the electronic evidence that is being used in the course of investigation.
“Since the issue involved in this case assumes significance to improve the standard of investigation and to improve the quality of the criminal justice system, we deem it fit to hear this case from time to time and issue appropriate directions based on the status report filed before us,” observed the judges. Hence, the judges directed the registry to place this order before the administrative judge to pass appropriate orders to post this case before this bench.
The case was adjourned to February 13, 2023, for filing a further status report.