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Who will police the police asks Haryana court

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Who will police the police, asks Haryana court:


Context:

A Court in Haryana has acquitted washerman in a bicycle theft case and said ‘botched-up probe’ has shaken court’s conscience.

  • It has also recommended stringent action against the erring policemen.

What’s the case?

In a bicycle theft case, a police officer manipulated the entire police system and investigating authorities to settle personal vengeance against an innocent person.

What’s the concern?

It was an exemplary case of an “absolute ill-motivated” and “botched-up investigation”, where some police officers misused their powers to harass an innocent person for the simple reason that he dared to file a complaint against one of their colleagues and succeeded in getting the officer punished by a court of law.

  • This leads this court to a certain question, who will police the police and what will happen if the protectors of society and law themselves behave in a manner which cannot be termed less than illegal?

Sources: the Hindu.