1] Interference an investigating officer can do without (GS 2 Role of Judiciary)

Context –

  • In a democracy like India, the Executive must follow the Constitution.
  • The bureaucracy, by the same logic, is answerable to the duly elected government. In a democratic country, it is this impregnable legal stance that keeps a check on police behaviour.
  • We have witnessed how USA dealt with George Floyd case and trialled guilty police officer. The deaths of a 58-year-old father and his 31-year-old son in Sattankulam, Tamil Nadu, in June 2020, warrant further restrictions on police authority to pursue an established crime.
  • I’m well aware that I’ll be in the minority if I ask for a kinder perspective of police behaviour and greater leeway in the normal operating protocols they follow, especially when they’re investigating a complex incident.

Supreme Courts’ Stance –

  • The Supreme Court of India stated that courts do not have the ability to order an investigating officer to arrest any specific person linked to a crime.
  • This viewpoint should be considered in light of a growing number of cases of subordinate judicial officers, and even High Courts, ordering the investigating officer to make an arrest of a person who has been identified as a suspect in the commission of a crime.
  • The directive to police officers on arrests made during a criminal investigation is detrimental to officer morale and cuts to the heart of field policing.
  • Court rulings that imply a lack of faith in police competence and honesty will make local cops even more arbitrary than they are today, forcing them to engage in questionable behaviour that will put doubt on an officer’s ability to think for himself.
  • Interference — not intervention — by the court in the day-to-day investigation is not only unwelcome, but it is also illegal.
  • With the exception of the Supreme Court, which the Constitution empowers with unquestionable authority and discretion, the lower courts should not issue orders regarding arrests and searches.

Role of FIR

  • We need to teach the Executive and the general public that a first information report is no longer considered a charitable deed to the injured complainant.
  • Every police station in the country is required to file a complaint under the relevant provisions of a statute as soon as a cognisable offence is established in the complaint.
  • To settle personal scores, the complaint could be false or frivolous. The most basic prerequisite, though, is registration.
  • Another barrier against police wrongdoing exists. The CrPC requires the investigating officer to keep a daily journal detailing the actions taken following registration.
  • If the content of such a diary demonstrates an individual’s complicity, the court can interrogate an investigating officer about his plans based on the evidence.
  • In the eyes of the law, ordering an investigating officer to make an arrest before he has thoroughly examined the evidence is unsustainable.

Conclusion –

  • To summarise,  the blame for the police’s faults, particularly in the area of criminal investigation, completely on the shoulders of many senior officers who are waiting to be browbeaten by outsiders or seeking unethical ways to advance their careers.

2] Ending the impasse: On India-China ties (GS 2 IR)

Context –

  • For nearly a year, India’s relations with China have been frozen.
  • The LAC situation is still unsolved, with tens of thousands of troops from both sides stationed in forward areas.
  • In this context, the meeting in Dushanbe on Wednesday between External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is significant.

Proceedings of the Meeting –

  • Both sides’ initial readouts do not inspire confidence.
  • Mr. Jaishankar stated that the unsolved crisis was “visibly hurting the relationship in a negative manner” and that when “assessing the entire relationship,” calm on the border provided “the framework for the expansion of ties since 1988,” when the post-1962 freeze ended.
  • Mr. Wang did not appear to take the boundary disagreement as seriously as others, instead urging that it be kept “in the right place” while “increasing the positive momentum of bilateral cooperation.”
  • Both sides agreed, as Mr. Jaishankar phrased it, that “a prolonging of the existing situation was not in either side’s interest.” T
  • he difference between Moscow and Dushanbe is that China, which was equally anxious last year following India’s counter-deployments to take the Kailash Range’s heights, where even warning shots were fired for the first time since 1975, now appears to be in no hurry to restore the status quo elsewhere.
  • India, which has stated that normalcy cannot be achieved without disengagement and de-escalation, and has signalled its intent with measures such as increased scrutiny of Chinese investments — bilateral trade, however, is still booming beyond pre-pandemic levels thanks to large imports of medical supplies — will now have to stay the course to demonstrate its commitment to restoring the status quo.
  • Beijing’s “strategic judgement on China-India ties remains unchanged,” Mr. Wang added.

Conclusion –

  • The only way for Beijing to show that this is the case is for talks on the LAC to resume as soon as possible.
  • Unless there is a complete restoration of peace and a de-escalation of tensions on the borders, ties in all other domains will remain tense.


No comments yet. Why don’t you start the discussion?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *