An MOU was inked between Punjab Police and Prosecution department for addressal of delay in submission of challans and other objections.
IG Punjab Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan and Secretary Prosecution Nadeem Ahmad Chaudary signed the MOU at the Central Police Office.
The process of submission of challan by investigation officers and prosecutors will be regularized by this MOU. IG Punjab
Inspector General of Police Punjab Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan said that timely provision of justice to citizens by improving the mechanism of investigation is the top priority of Punjab Police. In this regard, Courses based upon modern skills are being conducted for enhancing efficiency of investigation officers and an MOU has been signed with Prosecution department to address issues of delay in submission of challans in courts and other objections so that with mutual cooperation of investigation officers and prosecutors, the challans of cases should be submitted in courts so that investigation officers and prosecutors may be held responsible for submission of challan within time. He further said that, due to the signing of MOU, the process of submission of challans by investigation officers and prosecutors will be boosted up and also regularized. Resultantly, it will help to end the lacunas and other objections in this regard. These views were expressed by him during a ceremony of MOU signing between Punjab Police and Prosecution Department. On this occasion, Addl IG Investigation Abu Bakar Khuda Bukhsh, Prosecutor General Punjab Rana Muhammad Arif Kamal Noon, Secretary Prosecution Nadeem Ahmad Chaudhary, Deputy District Public Prosecutor Farzana Kotana and Director Prosecution Asmat Hinjra with other officers were present.
By this MOU between Punjab Police and Prosecution Department, the challan submitted under section 173 by investigation officer will be sent to prosecutor for identification of defects and objections whereas the prosecutor shall return back the report to the investigation officer within three days and the investigation officer will be duty-bound to resubmit the report after rectifying or removing the objections within three days. According to the MOU if the investigation officer requires time exceeding 3 days for removal of objections he shall inform the concerned Prosecutor in writing with reasons but this extra time shall not exceed 3 days. If the investigation officer fails to re_submit the report within the extended time of 3 days then the Prosecutor shall write a letter to concerned DPO to take action against that investigation officer so that departmental action may be taken. During the ceremony, Prosecutor General Punjab Rana Muhammad Arif Kamal Noon said that the MOU signed between Punjab Police and Prosecution department will bring about beneficial results and it will also boost up the process of timely investigation of cases and provision of quick relief and justice to the public by which both institutions will show better performance. At the end of the ceremony, IG Punjab extended memorial shield of Punjab Police to secretary Prosecution Nadeem Ahmad Chaudhary.
(Handout No. 299)
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