Prashant Aher, DNA | Last Modified - Oct 28, 2010, 04:20 AM IST
Pune: It's time for the city police officials to sit up and deliver results, as the commissioner of police (CP), Meeran Borwankar, has taken note of the unimpressive conviction rate over the last five years. She has asked all police officers of the Pune police commissionerate to improve the rate or face consequences.
In a circular issued on Monday, Borwankar directed officers at police stations and the crime branch to take appropriate action to enhance the conviction rate. She based her directives on a comparison of statistics of the conviction rate of the last five years in relation to murders, attempts to murder, theft, robbery and cases under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
"The Pune police had invoked six cases of MCOCA against different gangs. But goons of all those cases were acquitted. This is a serious matter," she said in the circular. According to her, in the last five years, the conviction rate in murder cases is 31%, robbery 16%, house-breaking 24%, and attack on government officials 9%.
She directed senior officers to study the cases where the courts had acquitted the suspects and asked them to identity the lacunae in the investigation process and thus prepare strong cases against criminals in future. "Officers should organise a workshop for junior officers to improve their investigation skills," she said.
Borwankar said investigating officers will face a departmental inquiry if callousness on their part comes to light during the scrutiny of cases of acquittal. She advised investigating officers to follow guidelines given by the director general of police regarding detection skills.
She asked senior police inspectors to study cases where suspects have been acquitted by the judicial magistrate (first class), assistant police commissioners to study cases acquitted by chief judicial magistrate, deputy commissioners of police to study session court cases and additional commissioners of police to study MCOCA cases.