SICHREM flays amendment to police act

June 18, 2013

The South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) criticised the amendment to the Karnataka Police Act stating that it has restored the authority of the government over police transfers.

In a statement, the cell’s executive director Mathews Philip said the amendment takes away the Police Establishment Board’s powers to recommend transfers of officers above Additional SP and lets the government modify its decisions.

“With these amendments, the SICHREM feels that the government has accommodated itself with more powers and this will become its political weapon. The amendments are in direct confrontation and violation  of the directions laid down by the Supreme Court,” Philip said in the statement.

The Cell appreciated the Home Minister agreeing on reservation for SC, ST candidates while choosing members for the PEB.


Source : The New Indian Express, dated 17th June 2013.



Complaint of Judicial Death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45), undertrial of Haveri Jail.

June 1, 2013

Shri K.J.George

Home Minister

Government of Karnataka

Vidhana Soudha

Dr Ambedkar  Veedhi,

Bangalore – 560001


Dear Sir,

 Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45), undertrial of Haveri Jail.

The Prajavani and Vijaya Karnataka dated May 10, 2013; report in their columns the information of the death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45years), a resident of Chikkeri Hosahalli of Hanagal Taluk.

An under-trial Veeranna Gowda, committed suicide at the sub jail on Wednesday night. He was in the prison for the last one year and some reports state that he felt dejected that none of his family members had visited him and that was the reason for his committing suicide by hanging. He had been arrested by the Hanagal Police in connection with the murder of his wife and was at the jail.

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated, and that your good offices look into the circumstances involving the death of Mr. Veeranna Gowda Patil and

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,
  3. Whether there were medial personnel and facilities available for the treatment at the jail?
  4. Whether there was a failure on the part of the jail personnel, doctors in treatment?
  5. To inquire further if the procedures and guidelines laid down by the NHRC in its letter No.66/SG/NHRC/93 dated 14 December 1993 on reporting custodial deaths and also with reference to the letter vide No 40/3/95/LD dated 21 June 1995 has been adhered & followed ?
  6. To inquire, if the guidelines laid by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief ministers vide letter dated 10th August, 1995 on the video filming of post-mortem examinations in cases of custodial deaths has been followed?
  7. To also inquire, if the guidelines laid down by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief Ministers vide letter No.NHRC/ID/PM/96/57 dated 27th March 1997.


Thanking you,

Yours Truly,


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