Is Police Commissioner System the solution to disrupted law & order in UP?

NP1550 12/01/2020 14:11:04

Lucknow. The government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to launch the police commissioner system by creating the post in major districts like Lucknow and Noida. The development has come 40 years after a similar initiative fell heavily. According to the government sources, Kanpur and Meerut were also being considered for this connection. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given a go-ahead to this proposal, informed top officials. As per the sources, this proposal is likely to be placed before the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. 


During the tenures of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, IPS officers had forwarded similar propsals. Official sources stated that CM Yogi took the decision in the view of unrest in law and order situation, resulting in a large scale violence in several districts during the recent anti- CAA protests. Furthermore, cases of ego clash between district SPs and DMs over their powers have been a cause of concern for the government. After BJP government came to power, an order issued from UP home department in 2018 had escalated major controversy and differences between IAS and IPS officers. As per the order, SPs were asked to seek approval from DMs before posting and transfer of station house officers/station officers.


Former UP DGP Sulkan Singh recollects that DIG rank officer Vasudev Panjani was the first officer in UP to be annointed as police commissioner of Kanpur. He further told that while Panjani was going to take charge, he received a call from government asking him to come back. Sulkhan Singh also said that UP, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar are the only States where police commissioner sysytem has not been introduced yet. 
The Police Commissioner system provides a free hand to the local police chief to act freely and swiftly, particularly in a law and order situation. In UP, the Superintendent of Police (district police chief), presently seeks permission from the District Magistrate(DM) in most of the decisions concerned with maintaining law and order. A report of the UP government revealed that one of the reasons of a deteriorating law and condition in the metro cities is the absence of the Police Commissioner system. 


The "Code of Criminal Procedure - 1898 was first changed in 1973 and came into effect in 1974, when the post of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) was created. But it came into effect with another change of post of executive magistrate in the district created the same year. Since then, the executive magistrate has the power to issue orders under the CrPC and police in the district bear responsibility for enforcement of those orders."  Sources revealed that the present system of executive magistrate lies with the posts of sub-divisional magistrates, additional district magistrate and district magistrates.  Due to this, many cases remain pending with the courts of these magistrates.  





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