Sube Singh v State of Haryana

 On 3rd February, 2006, a Three Judges Bench in Sube Singh v State of Haryana (Writ Petition (Crl.) No. 237 of 1998) issued a set of six guidelines to prevent custody torture and called for empowering an independent investigating agency (preferably the respective Human Rights Commissions or the CBI) to investigate complaints of custodial violence against police personnel. The Bench said there was a need for the police training to be re-oriented, so that the police personnel recognize and respect human rights, and adopt thorough and scientific investigation methods. The Bench also called for continuous monitoring of the functioning of lower level Police Officers by their superiors; for introduction of simple and fool-proof procedures for prompt registration of First Information Reports(FIRs) as also use of computerization and video-conferencing to prevent FIRs and other police records from being manipulated. The Bench further said that the eleven requirements enumerated earlier in D.K.Basu case should be ensured in all cases of arrest and detention.


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