Sumbal: Police is legally bound to produce an accused before court within 24 hours of his or her arrest, a judicial officer said here on Wednesday.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Bandipora, and chairman legal services Bandipora, S K Baghat said this while addressing an awareness camp, organized by Legal Service Authority in collaboration with Sadabahar, an NGO, at Sumbal court.
“Any accused granted bail by the court should be released by the police and if the police fail to discharge the duty which is cast upon it by the law action has to be taken against the erring officer,” he said.
Baghat stressed the need for empowering women. He said that women should approach courts to redress their problems. “The aggrieved woman should approach concerned court and she needs not to be worried because court will address her genuine demand,” Bhagat said.
The judicial officer also called upon police to ensure that under trials are produced on every hearing before the court so that the trial is not prolonged unnecessarily. He also urged for cordial police-public relations. Baghat also called for complete ban on use of polythene and highlighted various harmful effects of its use on environment.
Later talking to reporters, Bhagat said that motive of the programme was to create awareness among the people about the various legal remedies and schemes for their betterment of the people.
He said that people should take benefits from such legal provisions. He stressed that awareness should be created among common people that judiciary was meant for their service. He said over the last few month, the legal services committee had organised six Lok Adalats in which many cases were solved electricity dues worth crores were recovered from people.
“In future, we will also organise such programmes to aware the general masses, particularly the women who are victims of domestic violence”.
Many Aganwardi workers attended the awareness camp also aimed to create awareness among general public about various government schemes. Executive officer Sumbal municipality, block development officer Sumbal and child development project officer Hajin also spoke on the occasion.