New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Centre has asked the state governments to desist from making pre-mature and unsubstantiated disclosures about any accused before the completion of investigation as it would not only affect the probe but also tarnish the image of the accused who may later prove to be innocent.
Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta in a communication sent to the state police administrations, has asked them not to reveal details to media as it may later be contradicted in courts.
Moreover, disclousures by Police to Media may be taken as a pronouncement of guilt of the apprehended people, which may not found to be correct on detailed investigations so it was not proper and fair on the part of the police to do so, it said.
The communication is significant in view of the recent disclosures by the Anti-Terror Squad of Maharashtra in Malegaon blasts where the ATS first gave some information regarding RDX being used in Samjhauta Express blasts and later withdrew the statement which cast aspersions on the accused, Pragya Singh and others.
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