JORHAT, July 7 - There has been a sharp increase in the number of “discrepancies” detected in charge-sheets and final reports filed by investigating police officers of criminal cases registered in Jorhat Police Station since 2017 to April 2019.
It may be mentioned here that trial of a case starts in a court after the investigating police officer files the charge-sheet in the court, while the final report is filed requesting to close the case in view of lack of proper evidence or substance.
In cases of discrepancies (lapses/lacunae) found in charge-sheets or final reports filed by the investigating officers during scrutiny by senior police officials in the district superintendent of police offices, which is generally done by an Additional SP-level officer, the charge-sheets and final reports are not forwarded to the court.
The concerned investigating officers or other officers deputed for the purpose are asked by the SP or an Additional SP to rectify the lacunae in the charge-sheet or in the final report and then submit the same at the SP office to be sent to the court.
An official source revealed that the number of discrepancies detected in 2016 was 6, but the figure went up to 100 in 2017 and in 2018, further increased manifold and reached 661.
In the current year till April, the number of discrepancies found in the charge-sheets and final reports filed by IOs during scrutiny is 396, the source stated.
The source said that during the period 2016 to April 2019, discrepancies have been found in 1,164 cases of charge-sheets and final reports during scrutiny.
The discrepancies were found in cases investigated by 55 police officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector.
Rintu Goswami, a noted lawyer and president of Jorhat Bar Association, reacting to the development, said that a sharp increase in the number of discrepancies detected during scrutiny reflects poorly on the quality of job done by the police.
Goswami said that due to lackadaisical attitude of the police, the process of delivering justice gets delayed.
He said that strong departmental action should be initiated against the officers found to have commited the discrepancies.