The Supreme Court on Tuesday has directed all the State Home Secretaries to file a response to it about the vacancies in State police forces within four weeks.
The Apex Court Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar was hearing a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Manish Kumar, seeking to fill up the vacancies as more than 5 Lakh posts from level of Inspector to Constable vacant.
Kumar in his plea told the Court that there were a lot of burden on the police force so there should be a proper mechanism in place along with filling up of the vacancies in a time bound manner.
The court in its order said, "Any state failing to file the affidavit in four weeks, Home Secretary of concerned state to be present before the court with necessary records and data."
"Work is so much and the work force is so less. Lots of burden on them", bench added
According to the petitioner, he filed the petition for the protection of Fundamental Rights of the Police personnel of the country and for issuance of writ of mandamus & certiorari against the administrative and judicial decisions violating the various Fundamental Rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
He also prayed for issuance of directions for enforcement of statutory provisions for the protection of rights of police and general public from threat/damage to life and property caused by violent agitations.
The Petitioner has also sought the following prayers;
Direction to all the States & Union Territories to constitute Police Commission to deal with allegation of police action, redressal of grievances of police and to make recommendations for the welfare of police force.
Directions to the States to formulate and implement the guidelines for prevention & control of violent mass agitations and destruction of life & property, in terms of the guidelines suggested by Supreme Court in Re-Destruction of Public and Private Properties, In Re vs. State of Andhra Pradesh & Ors
Direction to the States and Union Territories to fill up the vacant posts in the Police and State Armed forces so that the police forces do not remain overburdened.
Directions to all the States and Union Territories to provide for periodic training and up gradation of police force and to fix the working hour s for the police personnel.
Direction to the Union of India to prescribe guidelines for the Media Reporting of the violent mass agitation and police action for prevention and control thereof
Order or Direction restraining the States from drawing a presumption against the action of police acting under the constitutional and statutory obligations.
Read the petition here.
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