PROSECUTION REFORMS

Prosecution acts as the essential bridge between the police and the court, and is an integral part of justice delivery. It is therefore vital that an independent wing of police force fully in charge of crime investigation functions under the direct control of independent prosecutors appointed as constitutional functionaries. Alarmingly, the number of prosecutors in India is lesser than the number of judges! This clearly shows the feeble status of the prosecution within the criminal justice system. Consequently, the investigation is largely driven by the police and has become ridden by undue political influence. Despite an attempt to create an independent prosecution, many states haven’t put in the effort to strengthen the prosecution wing, the net result being that the prosecution still acts subordinate to the police. Only when an independent investigation and prosecution work hand in hand to build a conclusive case against the accused, backed by scientific evidence and practical laws, can the criminal trial proceed efficiently and succeed in punishing the wrongdoers.