July 5, 2010

NUJS Professor a Committee Member set up by Hon'ble Calcutta High Court


Shri Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, Asstt. Prof., National University of Juridical Sciences has been recently appointed as a Member of a Three Member Committee set up by the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court to look into non-registration of torture cases by enforcement agencies.
The Calcutta High Court after having heard the Ld. Addl. Advocate General and the Ld. Addl. Solicitor General of India asked the State Government to constitute a Committee for looking into the grievance of the persons who claimed to be victims/survivors of the alleged torture of inhuman and degrading treatment meted out to them by different law enforcement agencies. The relevant para of the order is pasted below:

“With the consent of the learned Additional Advocate General and the learned Additional Solicitor General of India we constitute a Committee comprising of (1) Sri Surajit Kar Purkyastha, Inspector General of Police, Law and Order, (2) Sri Soumen Mitra, Inspector Genereal of Police, C.I.D., Sri Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan, Asstt. Professor, of West Bengal NUJS, Educationist. The Committee shall look into the complaints which are brought to our notice by the petitioner ‘Masoom’ and summary of which is given in a compilation presented before us today. The Committee shall ascertain whether there is any prima facie truth in the complaint and, secondly, whether any action has been taken on the basis of such complaint by any agency such as registration of cases before the National or State Human Rights Commission or lodging of First Information Report before the police station and whether any criminal prosecution has been launched pursuant to such F.I.R. If there are other incidents which have not been registered as cases before the State Human Rights Commission or the National Human Rights Commission and where prosecution has not been launched, the Committee shall also recommend as to what action needs to be taken by the appropriate agency. The Committee shall submit their report within two months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order, which shall be communicated to them by the Learned Additional Advocate General within one week from date.”

As one of the Contributors of Breaking the Code of Criminal Procedure, I wish him success on behalf of all Contributors for his future endeavors. Prof. Khan had joined this blog a month ago.