New law to replace century-old Police Act

India on 20 August 2013
Location : BHUBANESWAR, India | Source : Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: With a view to doing away with archaic laws, the Odisha government on Monday decided to bring in a new legislation in place of the Police Act, 1861, and the Odisha State Armed Police Act, 1946.

At a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik, it was decided to repeal the two laws and have a new law to match the sea change policing has undergone during the past century, official source said.

The proposed law envisages a minimum tenure of two years from the state director-general of police, district superintendents of police and officers in charge of police stations, sources said.

Presently, police officers have no fixed tenures in office, exposing them to different kinds of pressure and also harming continuity of work.

It also proposes separate of crime detection and law and order wings through creation of a crime investigation unit and a criminal investigation organization. It further envisages setting up of a Police Establishment Board (PEB) headed by the DGP and a Police Complaints Authority (PCA) with the Lokpal as chairperson, sources said. The PCA and PEB are already in place in the state, sources added.

"The multi-dimensional service role of police today as well as their need for training and upgradation to meet challenges like organized crime, economic offences, extremism, cyber crime and smuggling necessitates an overhaul of the legal provisions," a source said.

The decision to replace the old acts was taken keeping in mind a Supreme Court order in 2006 and the Soli Sorabjee committee recommendations.

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