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Patna : Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on December 17, 2017, expressed concern over decline in conviction rate for crimes and asked officials to expedite the process of speedy trial to achieve the desired results as in the past.
After assuming power in 2005, Nitish had successfully used the process of speedy trial to expedite conviction rate for crimes as an effective measure to control law and order in the state. He emphasised on the same successful weapon to control crimes.
“The concerted and coordinated steps that increased conviction rate since 2006 has now weakened,” Nitish said while addressing a day-long seminar attended by High Court Judges, top civil and police officials among others here. The seminar on “Effective Investigation, Speedy Trial and Timely Justice” was organised by Home Department in association with Bihar Judicial Academy.

Patna High Court judge Justice K K Mandal, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh, Advocate General Lalit Kishore, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, DGP P K Thakur besides several District Judges, District Magistrates and Superintendent of Police and Public Prosecutors attended the function.

The Bihar CM suggested that Bihar Judicial Academy should hold training programme for Superintendents of Police but it should also come out with short term training course of one or two or three days for Sub-Inspectors engaged in investigation work. He also asked Public Prosecutors to argue their cases in an effective manner.” We are people’s representatives and we do get reports from ground that they (PPs) don’t put up cases effectively,” the CM said. He asked DMs to monitor PPs at district level to ascertain whether they are effectively and timely putting up cases.

In 2006, the total number of convicts were 6,839 followed by 9,853 convictions in 2007, 12,007 in 2008, 13,146 in 2009 and 14,311 in 2010, Nitish said. “But, after that it started witnessing decline in conviction rate and it declined to 5,508 convictions in 2016,” Nitish  said.

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