Various DLSAs conduct consultative meeting

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/7/2020 12:25:35 PM IST

District legal services authorities (DLSAs) under the directive of Nagaland state legal services authority (NSLSA) conducted consultative meeting with prosecutors and police at the district level of superintendent of police, sub divisional police officer, officer-in-charge and investigation officer in regard to “protocol for early access to justice at pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage” during the past few days.  

According to a press release by DLSA, the consultative meeting was initiated following the 31st central authority meeting resolution of NSLSA to implement a framework for providing legal assistance at pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage by all state legal services authorities.

Wokha DLSA: Wokha DLSA conducted the meeting on February 6 where the meeting was chaired by Y Tumchobemo Yanthan (NPS) addl. SP Wokha, Khrievono Seletsu, Wokha DLSA JMFC/secretary spoke on the purpose of the consultation, its importance and explained the judgement of Arnesh Kumar vs state of Bihar, while Shanchobeni P Lotha, project assistant expounded the meaning of “pre arrest, arrest and remand stage” and relevant sections of law which covers the rights of an accused at these stages and Imtitoshi Jamir (NPS) SP Wokha and Renbemo Tungoe asst. public prosecutor delivered short speeches.

Zunheboto DLSA: Zunheboto DLSA held the consultative meeting on February 6 at SP conference Hall, Zunheboto. The meeting was chaired by Tovi Z Yeptho project assistant, Wokono Yhoshii secretary ZDLSA highlighted the purpose of the meeting, J Khetoholi Yepthomi, APP Zunheboto briefed on juvenile justice act and Easter H Yepthomi retainer lawyer highlighted the procedure on remand. The meeting was attended by 33 police prosecution under DEF Zunheboto.

Mokokchung DLSA: Mokokchung DLSA conducted the meeting at ADC planning conference hall. The meeting was chaired by Amongin, PLV, keynote address was delivered by Duvelu Vero, chairman MDLSA and Holika Sukhalu, secretary MDLSA highlighted the agenda on the topic and explained the necessary steps to be taken. The meeting was attended by SDPOs, OC, IO from 6 police stations under Mokokchung district including women cell, traffic control and prosecution office. Altogether 40 person attended the meeting.

Dimapur DLSA: Dimapur DLSA conducted the meeting on February 5. During the meeting, Y Longkumer principal district and session judge-cum-chairperson chaired the meeting and highlighted the purpose of the meeting, while Ajongba Imchen, secretary DDLSA reminded the participants about Cr.PC, provision on arrest, remand, production.

Meanwhile, the police and prosecution also expressed their views with regard to the pre-arrest bail and custodial interrogation in the presence of penal lawyers of Legal Services. The meeting was attended by 36 officials from the prosecution and police department.

Peren DLSA: Peren DLSA held the meeting on February 7 at district court complex. In the meeting, Somet C Chang Peren DLSA-secretary-cum CJM chaired the programme, Asungbe retainer lawyer briefed on procedure on arrest and remand, followed by discussion hour. The meeting was attended by four OC and 9 police personals from different police station under Peren DEF and four assistant public prosecutors, district court, Peren.

Mon DLSA: Mon DLSA conducted the consultative meeting where Seyielenuo Mezhü, secretary-cum-CJM NJS delivered welcome address, while rights of arrested person and corresponding duties of investigation officer was delivered was N. Mannon project assistant. Discussion on expectation and challenges faced by police, advocates, prosecution while performing their duties were also shared. The meeting was attended by officer in-charge and other police personnel, prosecutions and advocates.

Longleng DLSA: Longleng DLSA held the meeting with police officials on February 7. Anguto Sophie, APP briefed that arrest should not be made mechanically and spoke on section 41A CrPC, guidelines and condition provided by the supreme court in the case of Arnesh kumar vs state of Bihar which should be complied with before arresting a person.

He stated that the rights of accused should be protected by informing the accused ground of arrest and right to bail, right to have a lawyer of his choice right to inform about his arrest, right of medical examination and that the accused should be produced before the nearest police station within 24 hours. 

Further, he added that at the stage of remand, accused should be represented by a lawyer and if he has no means to engage a lawyer, then one should be provided to him from legal aid to assist in avoiding unnecessary arrest to decrease the vulnerability of the arrestees as well.

Phek DLSA: Phek DLSA in collaboration with district police, Phek conducted consultative meet/awareness in a matter of disclosure of victim of sexual assault/pre-arrest, arrest and remand, investigation and trials at DRDA conference hall, Phek.

During the meeting, Mezivolu T Therieh, NJS, district and session judge and chairperson DLSA, Phek spoke on right to free legal aid in pre-arrest, arrest and remand and criminal investigation and trials.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by Keneinuo Swuro, project assistant Phek DLSA. Altogether 23 police officers, officers-in-charge and investigating officers from all the 6 police stations under Phek district registered for the programme. 

Tuensang DLSA: Tuensang DLSA held the consultative meeting with Tuensang DEF at Tuensang town on February 4. The programme was chaired by Soteth Anar project assistant, Kumdilong Kessen, JMFC-cum-secretary spoke on cognizance and non cognizance, bail and non-bailable, warrant and summon, while Soteth Anar spoke on pre-arrest, arrest and remand stage.

Meanwhile, the programme was attended by SP Tuensang, SDPO Tuensang and officers from different sub-division police station. All together 28 police personnel attended the programme. 

Kiphire DLSA: Kiphire DLSA held a consultative meeting with the police and prosecution at the police station, Kiphire. The programme was chaired by Asuthong, PLV, welcome address was delivered by Rebica T Sangtam, project assistant, and Amit Nigam, superintendent of police Kiphire delivered a short speech in the meeting.

During the meeting, Amit spoke on the value and importance of human rights basing on Article 39 (A) of the Indian constitution which provides information on availing free legal services to the people. Resource person Nokshei Kano, secretary DLSA and CJM Kiphire spoke in regard to arrest and pre-arrest and providing access to justice for the people 

In his speech, Nokshei stressed on the procedures for arrest in cognizable and non- cognizable offences, arrest of women and remand and also talked about on framing the quality charge sheet and medical aid to the accused persons and the convicts.

Meanwhile, Michael APP Kiphire also urged the members of the meeting to work hand in hand in order to provide access to justice to all the citizens in the district and encouraged DLSA Kiphire to work sincerely to uplift the people. The programme was attend by 14 members representing the police, prosecution, DLSA Kiphire and ended with a discussion hour with the members of the meeting.

It may be noted that the state authority has taken the initiative of meeting director general of police to workout modalities for effective implementation of the framework and preparing quality hoardings enumerating rights and phone numbers and addresses of legal services authorities which are to be distributed in all the police stations across the state.

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