Cabinet nod to Odisha Police Bill likely today

Bhubaneswar: The State cabinet is likely to pass the Odisha Police Bill today ahead of the monsoon session of the State Assembly beginning Tuesday. 
 
The draft Bill, as recommended by the Administrative Reforms Committee (ARC), is expected to have provisions to separate investigation from other functions of the police department. The ARC also suggests the setting up of a Crime Investigation Agency separately, which will be headed by a Chief of Investigation under the administrative control of a Board of investigation to be headed by a retired/sitting judge of the High Court.
 
The formation of a State Police Performance and Accountability Commission is also believed to have found place in the draft Bill, which, if becomes Act, will repeal the 152-year old Police Act. The commission as recommended by the ARC will have Home Minister, Leader of Opposition, Chief Secretary, Secretary in-charge of the Home Department, DGP (member secretary) and five non-partisan eminent citizens as its members.
 
To carry out performance audit of police stations and other police officers through inspections and review of departmental inspections, the ARC has also recommended setting up of an Independent Inspectorate of Police (IIP). The inspectorate should be set up under the supervision of the Police Performance and Accountability Commission (PPAC).
 
The inspectorate should render professional advice for improvement of standards in policing and also present an annual report to the PPAC, the ARC said and recommended that for all cases of deaths during ‘encounters,’ the IIP should commence an enquiry within 24 hours of the incident.