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Details of Investigation Not to Be Revealed to Media in ‘Sensational Cases: Kerala HC to Police [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Aug 2020 2:14am

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The court was hearing an appeal filed by accused persons in the murder of diamond merchant HariHara Varma in 2012. The Kerala HC observed that there was a press meet conducted by police officers after arresting some of the accused. 

The accused said that they were prejudiced by a press meeting held by the police officials in which the electronic media published news items with ornamentations and embellishments related to the investigation of the case. 

A division bench of Justices A. Hariprasad and N. Anil Kumar held that no prejudice was caused butmade the observation about the police regarding the revelations of the facts about investigation. The court clears its point that it cannot agree to the practice of police officials conducting press conferences about ongoing investigations. The court found that the material witnesses examined on the prosecution side clearly identified the accused not based on any media publicity. 

The Judgment says it like “We have serious reservations about police officers conducting press meetings in respect of criminal investigations, which they and the media consider to be sensational. In our view, on many occasions holding press meetings would spoil the quality of evidence collected during the investigation. It is our considered opinion, no police officer conducting an investigation into a crime shall be authorized to divulge the facts ascertained during an investigation through media. They should remember that a criminal case has to be finally decided in a court of law. Police officers should refrain from airing their personal views the respect of… Continue Reading...

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