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In a significant move, the Advocate General of Punjab has written to the DGP to stop the practice of investigating officers in criminal cases from appearing in the Punjab-Haryana High Court. For this the AG office has also developed a new mechanism. This step will also help in reducing unnecessary rush in the High Court. Punjab AG Vinod Ghai had sent a letter to Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav on August 26 to implement the new system.
A large number of regular bail petitions, anticipatory bail petitions, dismissal petitions and related matters are listed before the High Court every day. A large number of police officers from different parts of Punjab come to the High Court to assist the law officers about the facts of such cases. Traveling long distances not only causes inconvenience to them but also leads to congestion in court rooms and outside corridors in the High Court.
On August 24, the High Court in a case titled Paramjit Singh alias Pamma v State of Punjab held that the police officers who are present have huge files but are still unable to assist the law officers.
Proforma to be filled two days in advance
According to the AG, the proforma has to be filled by the investigating officer at least two days before the date of hearing in the High Court. The filled proforma along with relevant documents should be sent through email or other electronic mode to the advocacy officers appointed for each district and such advocacy officer will then take a print out and hand it over to the officers in the AG office. This will not only help in better administration of justice, as the police officers will not waste their time and energy in traveling to the High Court but will also help the law officers to get advance information about the cases. This will help the High Court better.