SRINAGAR: In a major decision aimed at bringing the Criminal Justice System in J&K in sync with the Central Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) 1973, which will be applicable from 31.10.2019 in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved establishment of an independent Prosecution cadre with a separate Directorate.
The spokesman said that decision aims to develop the prosecution cadre as an independent entity separate from Police Department under the provisions of the Cr.PC which require that Public Prosecutors/Additional Public Prosecutors/Assistant Public Prosecutors should be drawn from the regular prosecution cadre.
SAC approved creation of a separate Prosecution cadre, with members of the existing Prosecution wing as its initial constituents and establishment of a Directorate of Prosecution to be headed by a Director. An IPS officer of the rank of Inspector General shall be appointed as the first Director General of Prosecution.
SAC accorded sanction to the incorporation of ‘Prosecution’ as a separate subject/entry, assigned to the Home Department in the relevant Schedule of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules.
The establishment of an independent prosecution cadre in line with the provisions of Cr.PC will bring about synergy in the Criminal Justice System and improved rate of conviction.