“Police Officers, not judges, award punishment” – PIL filed before Telangana High Court

A Public Interest Litigation filed by Baglekar Akash Kumar seeks actions against police officers accused of causing hurt. The police officers purportedly forced five persons to move the barricades at the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border; for a continuous period of 12 hours under the scorching summer heat. The said PIL stands filed in the Telangana High Court. Baglekar Akash Kumar filed the Public Interest Litigation.

Explicitly, the petitioner contends that no police officers have the power to give punishment; to the person accused of an offence. To elaborate, only the convict of any offence has to undergo the punishment of ‘rigorous imprisonment’; under criminal jurisprudence, based on the directions of the court. Additionally, the PIL states not only such acts of the police amount to a violation of the fundamental rights of the five accused under Articles 14, 19(1), 21, 22(1) of the Constitution of India, but such acts of the police officials extends to torture. Moreover, the petition quoted a report stating “Police, not judges, award punishment”.

Furthermore, the petitioner emphasized on the report where a Police inspector says, “Every day five petty case accused brought from various stations under the rural police limits. It is the fourth day. These men involved in a simple hurt case. Moving the barricades in the sun is their punishment, they should not rest when the police are working hard. Even the SP and DSP appreciated the inspector’s initiative”.