Orissa High Court quashes police circular order conferring investigation powers to Graduate Constables, CI Havildars

To carry out an investigation under Sections 156 and 157, CrPC, Graduate Constables and CI Havildars must first be designated as “officers” either by promoting them or creating new posts, the Court said.
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The Orissa High Court recently quashed a police circular order issued by the Inspector General of Police, Odisha which had conferred on Graduate Constables of Police and Crime Intelligence Havildars (CIH) the powers to investigate certain criminal offences that are punishable up to three years. [Minaketan Nayak and others v. State of Odisha and other]

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