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The police are not as independent as the judiciary or the prosecution. Public prosecutors are not as competent as private lawyers.
These observations were on Wednesday made by Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh while delivering a talk on 'Towards a Better Tomorrow: Mumbai Police and Youth' at a suburban college.
He also stressed faster conviction of criminals.
Stating that there was a lot of pressure on the police, he said, "The police are not as independent as the judiciary. The judiciary and the prosecution are independent but police are not. In 1978, the government had set up a commission to reform police department. But 30 years later, few of its recommendations have been implemented. It is beyond the purview of the police department to implement these recommendations."
Addressing students of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) at Juhu Jagurti Hall in Mithibai College in Vile Parle West, he said, "There is a lot of pressure on the police. Hawkers are holding a dharna at Azad Maidan on Thursday and I have been getting a lot of phone calls from MPs and MLAs who are in support of hawkers. As far as I am concerned, there is no rally, it will only be a dharna," he said.
He added: "If criminals are convicted years after the crime, justice delivered loses its effect. Public prosecutors are not as competent as private lawyers and defence lawyers. It is not the quantum of justice but the certainty of punishment that will deter criminals," he said.
Singh, asked about the need for additional security for VIPs, said. "All these VIPs, whether film stars or politicians, are made by us. It is necessary to secure them as they are vulnerable targets. They cannot even step out of home without being mobbed," he said.