SC talks tough on police encounters, lays down guidelines to be followed by police officers

The Supreme Court on Tuesday laid down guidelines to be followed after police encounters. The court said that there shall be an independent investigation into the encounter by the state CID or a separate police station.

The court said that there shall be a magisterial inquiry under section 176 of the CrPC. The court also added that no gallantry award or outstanding service award will be given to the policeman involved immediately after the encounter.

The apex court has said that the policeman will record tip-offs given to them about the criminals that result in encounter. The policeman involved in the encounter shall surrender the arm, weapons and ammunition after the encounter, the court said.

The court’s guidelines came on a petition by Surat Singh that was filed back in 1999.