A notice has been issued by the Supreme Court to the Union Territory of Chandigarh and the State of Punjab and State of Haryana, in response to a Special Leave Petition filed before the Hon’ble Court by a Chandigarh Police Head Constable seeking an introduction of weekly offs and eight-hour shifts to ensure people friendly and efficient policing.
On 09.12.2019, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana dismissed the P.I.L. which sought to weekly offs along with 8 hours for Chandigarh Police officials (Jagjeet Singh vs Union Territory of Chandigarh and others, SLP(c) Diary No.15169/2020).
Jagjeet Singh, the Head Constable of the Chandigarh Police through Special Leave Petition demanded that the recommendations of the Bureau of Police Research and Development, 2006 should be implemented.
The question regarding the literal interpretation of Section 22 of the Indian Police Act, 1861 is also raised in the Petition. The section reads,
“Every police-officer shall, for all purposes in this Act contained, be considered to be always on duty, and may, at any time , be employed as a police officer.