Petition in SC seeks 8-hour shift for cops; appeals Punjab and Haryana HC’s order

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 25 

The Supreme Court has issued discover to the governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh on a petition in search of an eight-hour shift for police personnel with weekly offs.

A 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Fali S Nariman on August 21 requested the three administrations to answer the petition filed by Jagjeet Singh who challenged the December 4, 2019, verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that had dismissed his plea in search of implementation of the suggestions of the Bureau of Police Research and Development for introducing eight-hour shift system in all of the police stations and police posts together with weekly offs.

The Bench clubbed the case with one other petition in search of comparable reduction on an all-India foundation already pending within the high courtroom.

Section 22 of Indian Police Act, 1861 says: “Every police-officer shall, for all purposes in this Act contained, be considered to be always on duty, and may, at any time, be employed as a police-officer in any part of the general police- district”. The petitioner has sought rational interpretation of this provision.




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