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Calcutta HC asks for affidavits on policemen's bulging girth

HC notices that while joining a person in good physical shape, but it deteriorates as years pass

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Calcutta High Court
Calcutta High Court. Photo: Wikipedia

The Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government and the Kolkata about steps taken to check increasing waistlines of personnel.

Taking note of deterioration in the fitness level of a section of personnel, a division bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty directed the West Bengal Home Secretary, Director General of Police and Kolkata Police Commissioner to file affidavits stating steps taken to reduce the girth of these personnel and measures to keep an eye on their health.

Hearing a PIL which claimed that fitness of police personnel had deteriorated with increasing girth, the court directed that the three officers submit separate affidavits within three weeks.

The court observed that when one joins the police force, he is in good physical shape, but it deteriorates in the case of many with passing years.

The bench directed that it be stated in the affidavits whether there was any regular training system for the personnel, fitness checking and target practising by the personnel.

It said that it would decide on further action on its own if there was any failure to comply with the order.

First Published: Fri, February 24 2017. 21:29 IST