‘Govt fine-tuning criminal justice system’

‘Govt fine-tuning criminal justice system’

 

Jammu, Nov 26: Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan on Sunday directed the prosecution wing of the J&K Police to improve the investigation process in criminal cases so that justice system can be improved.
Minister said this while reviewing the performance of the prosecution wing of JK Police in Jammu Division. Minister said the biggest hurdle in the timely deliverance of justice is the faulty investigation. He said the loopholes left in the investigation by the concerned Investigating Officers take toll on the deliverance of justice as these things help a criminal to go scot-free.
He said the after this observation, the government is mulling to improve the criminal justice system in the state by fine tunning the investigation process. He said government is in the process of deputing dedicated Police Officers for investigation and it has started showing results on the ground.
The meeting was attended by Advocate General Jehangir Iqbal Ganai, ADGP VK Singh, Law Secretary Abdul Majeed Bhat, Additional Secretary Law, Achal Sethi, Director Prosecution, DIGs of various zones, Chief Public Prosecutors, Public Prosecutors and other officers of Prosecution Wing of the JK Police Department and Law Department.
On the occasion, the minister reviewed the action taken report on various directions passed by the minister during past review meetings. The minister also sought report from the officials about the action taken against the government officials including police officials who have not appeared as witnesses in various cases in court this affecting the timely deliverance of justice.
Minister was informed that a list of officials is being prepared by concerned Prosecuting officers and action will be taken against the officials who fail to appear as a witness or change their statements during the course of trial.
Earlier the Minister had directed law officials to invoke perjury against officials or private parties who turn hostile during trial of cases thus affecting the deliverance of justice.
He stressed the investigating agencies to work diligently to make the investigation foolproof which is prerequisite to the deliverance of justice. He said coordination among the investigating agencies, forensic and medical experts and prosecutors can lead to foolproof mechanism for establishing the case during trial.