Lucknow bench directive: HC expresses satisfaction over DGP’s new guideline to stop misuse of Gangster Act, says action will be taken against officials who do not accept it
Following the strictness of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, the Director General of Police has issued a new guideline to prevent misuse of the Gangster Act. Expressing satisfaction over the new guidelines, the court ordered that disciplinary action be taken against the police officers who did not follow it.
The order was passed by a bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh on the bail plea of Manoj Kumar Nirmal. During the hearing of the petition, the court found that the provisions of the Gangster Act were being misused by the police. Expressing concern over this, the court ordered the Director General of Police to make guidelines to prevent the misuse of the Gangster Act.
New guideline made in compliance with court order
In compliance with the order, Advocate of the State Government Rao Narendra Singh told the court that a guideline was made in this regard in the year 2014 and now a new guideline has been made on 9 December 2020 in compliance with the current order of the court. The DGP’s affidavit was also submitted in this regard. The new guideline states that cases in which the final report has been sent or the accused has been acquitted, should not be included in the criminal details of the gang chart.
Gangster cases will be investigated by another police station in-charge
The new guideline also states that the prosecution registered under the gangster will be investigated by the station in-charge of the other police station. The police station in-charge will also mention the result of registered cases against each accused in the gangchart. Criminal lawsuits which have been taken action under the Gangster Act on the basis of the same will not be processed again on the basis of the same.