There is a requirement to pass directions for speedy conclusion of investigation: Karnataka High Court

Karnataka High Court

KARNATAKA: In the case of SUJIT S/O MADIWALAPPA MULGUND v. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, The Karnataka High Court has issued general directions for speedy trials of investigations in criminal matters.

A single-judge bench headed by Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav in its order said, “There is a requirement to pass directions for speedy conclusion of the investigation, that may be applicable to the matters in general.”

Further, The Bench said Investigation Officers are to be abreast with the latest developments in the use of technology in the commission of crimes. It observed, “They are not conversant with the manner of commission of crimes, especially with respect to crimes relating to money laundering and in the specific use of cryptocurrency and digital money in the commission of crimes. The international ramification of offenses which are cross border offenses usually found in money laundering cases has a serious impact on investigation.”

It added, “Due to lack of coordination between various agencies and Governments of different Countries, investigation is protracted facilitating destruction of evidence and erasing of money trail.”

Further it said, “Lack of monitoring by judicial magistrates by exercising power under Section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. Direct and indirect Interference in an investigation where accused may belong to the Party in power. This may result in prolonging of an investigation depending on the party in power or even misuse of investigation to settle scores by party in power.”

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