Advocate Prashant Bhushan today sought urgent listing of a fresh plea seeking implementation of guidelines laid down in the Prakash Singh Judgment on police reforms. Bhushan referred to the riots which broke out in North East Delhi to highlight the pressing need for the court to issue directions for the implementation of the 2006 judgment.
There must be a separate investigation wing and a separate law and order wing in the police, as the former constitutes administration of criminal justice while the latter is a part of executive duty, he urged. Some police personnel are accused in the recent riots witnessed in Delhi, therefore there’s a need for separation of powers in the police, he added. Unless the guidelines are implemented, and wings are separated, we could witness more situations similar to what ensued in Delhi, cautioned Bhushan in his endeavour to drive home the urgency of the matter.
The bench comprising of CJI SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant agreed to list the matter after the Sabarimala reference case has been heard.