Islamabad: IGP orders action against fictitious case filers
ISLAMABAD: According to the Dawn News on Tuesday, the high-ups of capital police have ordered strict action against those involved in lodging false complaints or cases against their rivals to settle personal score. A statement issued here on Monday said registration of false complaints caused wastage of police time which had to investigate various cases of important nature. Inspector General of Police Syed Kaleem Imam said registration of an FIR set into motion the entire criminal justice administration system involving the police, prosecution, courts and the prison department. It has been observed that the tendency of registration of false cases is on the rise and there is a dire need to check this practice through proper legislation and by making the offence punishable by three years imprisonment. The IGP said people lodged false complaints with the police stations against their rivals and levelled severe allegations against each other. Sections 182 and 211 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) define and penalise the offence of false reporting of a cognizable offence through lodging of an FIR. However, these sections have not been effective deterrence against the practice, because police cannot take cognizance of the offence and the punishment is also not sufficient. The IGP also directed all SPs to take strict action against those involved in registration of false cases. He said SHOs had the authority to check the real picture of any matter before filing a case. However, if anyone is found involved in delaying or refusing registration of a genuine case he should not be spared. He said action had been taken against 84 fake litigants during the current year.