Jaipur, Feb 6 (IANS) A believer in the strength of Indian laws and judicial system, former IPS officer and author Amod Kanth stresses that extrajudicial killings by the police are nothing but cold-blooded murders .
“Never in my entire career did I allow an encounter. I firmly believe that the police have no right to take shortcuts. Whether they are endorsed by governments or the public, it speaks to a dangerous trend. We have seen many people who rule rose petals on those who executed the encounter, and the leaders boasted about them – this is an extremely dangerous trend and will have major ramifications for society and the justice system,” he told IANS during the Literature Festival of Jaipur (JLF). 2024.
In his latest book ‘Khakhi on Broken Wings: Police Diaries Part 2’ (Bloomsbury Publishing India), Kanth advocates radical restructuring of the criminal justice system so that the police and the justice system can protect the defenseless instead of being subservient to the rich and powerful
He writes about the police and their role, and how the wings of the criminal justice system are fundamentally wrong.
Noting that they are the by-product of the 1857 revolt, and the IPC and other acts were framed in the same view, he adds, “Even now, the content and character and provisions of the Act remain the themselves. The recent Reform laws have not broken free from the past: most of them are the same. The architecture of the criminal justice system would not change because of these new laws.”
In his new book, Kanth tells the story of mob lord Romesh Sharma, who terrorized his targets to extort properties worth hundreds of millions and thwarted investigations by using his access to powerful people in the political and business world .
It also explains how ‘bikini killer’ Charles Sobhraj pulled off a sensational escape from Delhi’s Tihar High Security Jail and the complex story behind the fight for justice in the BMW hit-and-run case he left behind several people dead.
Kanth, however, stresses that the most difficult case to solve was the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. “In the investigation, it was the most complicated. Let’s not forget that it also had an international side. If it wasn’t because the killers were involved in a previous case, things would have been very difficult for us. We did a methodical investigation that it had many angles and layers. There were also important cases like Charles Sobhraj and Jessica Lal, but that was extremely complicated,” he recounts.
The former IPS feels it is important for every police station to have an investigation department with its core competency in detective work. “These policemen should focus only on that and should not be involved in law and order, traffic or other duties.”
He believes that it is important that police officers are treated as humans, and the facilities provided to others should also be extended to them. “When it comes to basic things like weekly vacation, better pay, benefits and holidays, why shouldn’t they get them? You just can’t be expected to do your best if even the basics aren’t taken care of.”
Talking about his upcoming book, Kanth says, “I have a lot of material on some important cases, including that of Harshad Mehta.”