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The Bombay High Court today expressed displeasure over the Maharashtra government's failure to set up State Police Complaint Authority Committee despite assurances in the past that it would be functional by October 15.
On May 23 last year, the state had announced appointment of a retired judge to head the state-level authority. It had also given names of two retired additional directors general and two Indian Administrative Services officers to be part of the authority.
While a state-level committee would hear complaints against police officers above the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), district-level committee would hear complaints against policemen below the rank of ACP.
The issue came up before a division bench of justices R V More and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi while hearing a petition filed by the father of two boys who have been accused in a rape case.
The petition claims that the boys have been falsely implicated and that the police are hand in gloves with the complainant.
The court sought to know why the petitioner did not approach the committee with his complaint.
Additional Public Prosecutor Mankhuvar Deshmukh informed the court that committee is not yet functional.
He said there is certain dispute over salary of the committee members which is causing delay.
"We are hearing this since two years. It has been so long now. It seems like the government is not at all interested in establishing the forum (committee)," Justice More said.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks and sought to know by when the committee would be functional.
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