New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed an element of surprise on the fact that some states have not yet implemented the directions given six years ago on police reforms.

Supreme Court has asked the Centre and the state governments to file a status report by December 4 on the steps taken by the respective governments on the directives issued by the court over police reforms on September 22, 2006.

A retired IPS officer, Prakash Singh, had moved to a PIL in the Apex Court on police reforms. After the ten years of hearing, the court had issued directives to the Centre and the state governments for police reforms in September 2006.

The apex court has issued six directions to the state governments and to Centre for the implementation of police reforms but the states have been showing shoddiness since then in this regard.

According to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, 14 states since the 2006 order, have either enacted new police laws or amended the existing ones as part of the police reforms.

According to him, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand have ether enacted  new Police Act or have amended the existing laws.

However, Prakash Singh, the petitioner, has claimed that the changes are only on paper.

JPN

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