Thursday, November 4, 2010

Modernisation Of Police Force In India Is Needed Says Praveen Dalal

Modernisation of police force in India is the need of the hour. Presently, Indian police force is functioning upon traditional models. As a result, many times the police face lots of difficulties in resolving technology assisted crimes like cyber crimes.

According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of Perry4Law and leading techno-legal expert of India, modernisation is not just installing computers and other information and communication technology (ICT). According to Dalal modernisation means a complete overhaul of the legal framework as well as intelligence gathering techniques. Similarly, there is also an urgent need to establish a good legal framework for lawful interception in India, suggests Dalal.

As far as the legal framework is concerned, India is negligent in formulating good laws governing the law enforcement machinery. In the absence of good legislative provisions, the performance of police force cannot be expected to be good, legally sustainable and constitutionally sound, suggests Dalal.

It would also be imperative to mention the importance of suitable training to law enforcement manpower. The ambitious projects like Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), NATGRID, etc cannot survive in the long run in the absence of suitable policies, trainings and legal framework.

The Parliament of India would shortly start its winter session (November 2010) and we can expect some good legislative steps by it. A good law bringing transparency, accountability, flexibility and autonomy to police forces in India is the urgent need of the hour.