SC slams bureaucrats for ''insensitive approach''

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) The Supreme Court today slammed the bureaucracy for its insensitive and callous approach towards the suffering of millions of people.

A bench comprising Justices B N Agarwal and G S Singhvi was annoyed with the casual attitude of the State Chief Secretaries and DGPs who failed to respond to the notice of the apex court to fix accountability of police officers who refused to register FIRs.

Justice Agarwal also observed, ''You say that Chief Secretaries and DGPs are responsible officers, is it the attitude of the responsible officers towards the directions of the highest court of the land. Only Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh have filed their response while the Centre and all other states pleaded for more time to file the same.

The apex court, while granting two weeks time to the states to file their response, also directed that in case they failed to respond within the period the Chief Secretary and DGP will have to appear in person in the Supreme Court to explain their failure to respond to the Court's notice.

The apex court, on July 14, while hearing the petition of a mother whose minor daughter had been kidnapped by gangsters from Agra had sought the views of the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the states whether the concerned SHOs should be held personally responsible for refusing to register the case.

The petitioner Lalita Kumari submitted that she was intimidated and harrassed by SHO, Loni, Ghaziabad who instead of registering the case started pressurising her to withdraw the complaint against the abductors of her minor daughter.

The Supreme Court is seeking implementation of its earlier judgement holding that police cannot refuse to register an FIR on receiving the inormation of an offence.

The order of the apex court dates July 14, 2008 was also put on website for information of the people.

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