Last month, the Allahabad High Court expressed displeasure regarding the authorities’ careless and lethargic attitude in preparing Gang Charts. It noted that the authorities prepared wrong gang charts in some cases, which indicated incorrect crimes against the accused persons.
Hon’ble Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan made this observation while hearing a bail plea of an accused who submitted that he was not an accused in a few cases, as claimed in the gang chart, but the police prepared an incorrect gang chart.
The Bench observed that it was a sorry state of affairs that while preparing the gang charts, police did not take proper precaution and due care and that these gang charts were prepared without verifying the relevant information.
While referring to the case at hand, the Bench stated that the gang-chart was prepared cursory. This violated the fundamental rights of the accused guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
According to the Bench, preparing the gang chart in a cursory manner creates hindrance in the bail application’s disposal as the Court doesn’t grant bail after going through the gang chart.
The Bench added that the Court draws inference based on the gang chart, which is incorrect.
Accordingly, the Court directed the Superintendent of Police, Sitapur, to file his/her personal affidavit explaining why the gang chart, in this case, was prepared in a lethargic and careless manner.