Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “Police officers who want to be in the good books of the ruling party misuse power and harass political opponents.”
The Apex Court today, delivering a sharp message at a time there have been allegations of politically-motivated investigations in several states, said it is a “disturbing trend” in the country that police officers side with the ruling party.
Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “Police officers who want to be in the good books of the ruling party misuse power and harass political opponents.” The bench also asserted that police officers must stick to the rule of law.
The top court said that it is the police who should be held responsible for the trend. The comments came while the court was hearing the petition of a Chhattisgarh police officer who was suspended and charged with sedition.
1994 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Gurjinder Pal Singh, has urged the court to cancel FIRs charging him with corruption and conspiracy against the Chhattisgarh government. The cop has alleged that the state’s Congress government is hounding him as he was seen to be close to the previous BJP-led administration.
After raids earlier this year, the officer was also charged with illegal wealth far more than his known sources of income. However, the Supreme Court has directed the Chhattisgarh government not to arrest the officer.