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Why Urdu, Persian used in FIRs? Use simple language: HC to Delhi Police

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to explain why Urdu or Persian terms are used in a FIR when the same are not used by the complainant, saying that simple language should be used instead of "high sounding" and "bombastic" words.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said to the Delhi Police that FIR should be in the words of the complainant and too much flowery language, the meaning of which has to be discerned from a dictionary, ought not to be used.

The court said the police is there to work for the public at large and not just for persons who have a doctorate degree in Urdu or Persian.

"Too much flowery language, the meaning of which is to be found out by a dictionary, should not be used. FIR should be in the words of the complainant. The police is there for public at large and not just for persons with doctorate degree in Urdu or Persian. Simple language should be used, instead of high sounding words. People have to know what is written. It is applicable to use of English also. Don't use bombastic language," the bench said to Delhi Police.

It directed the Police Commissioner to file an affidavit explaining whether the Urdu or Persian words are used by the agency or the complainant and listed the matter for further hearing on November 25.

The court was hearing a PIL, by advocate Vishalakshi Goel, seeking directions to the Delhi Police not to use Urdu and Persian words in the FIRs.

Delhi government additional standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, appearing for the police, said the Urdu and Persian words used in FIRs can be understood by making a little effort.

He also said that the words are used when transferring the FIR to the higher authorities.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 07 2019. 18:55 IST
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