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    Standard of investigation, prosecution deteriorating: CJP
    Updated at: 1605 PST, Sunday, June 26, 2011
    Source:Standard of investigation, prosecution deteriorating: CJP - GEO.tv

    Standard of investigation, prosecution deteriorating: CJP KARACHI: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry has said that the standard of investigation and prosecution was deteriorating day by day.

    "We have collected data from the courts, police, prosecution and the jail authorities and found that 40 percent of case challans are not produced in the court on one pretext or the other," he observed while addressing a seminar on 'Criminal Justice System, Prosecution & Investigation', organised during the 1st Judicial Academies Summit here on Sunday.

    In his key note address, he said there was no effective prosecution and investigation of cases and influential seem create problems for investigation.

    "Sometimes there is list of witnesses but they remain untraceable, victims are badly suffering while accused are roaming freely," he further maintained.

    The CJ said political influences and social pressure badly affects the performance of investigation institutions. The bar, investigation agencies and prosecution are duty bound to administer justice and uphold the supremacy of rule of law, he added.

    "The Constitution of Pakistan requires the State to ensure inexpensive and expeditious justice," he pointed out.

    The Chief Justice while commenting on basic components of Criminal Justice - Criminal and Justice, said that it was aimed to prevent the occurrence of crime, punish the criminals, rehabilitate then and compensate the victims as far as possible.

    About the extra-judicial killings, he said these incidents are in violation of law and right to life as safeguarded in Article-6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Police Rights and Article-10 provides important safeguards against arbitrary arrest and detention and Article 10-A guarantees fair trial.

    Mr. Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry said that a new service for prosecution of criminal cases has been established in all the provinces to ensure prosecutorial independence in criminal justice system of the province.

    He further observed that weaknesses in investigation, structural flaws in the whole system and lack of coordination among the stakeholders at grass-roots level have been causing an increase in litigation in society and dismally low conviction rate.

    "Low conviction system is worrisome," he further observed.

    The CJP said that negligence on the part of the investigating agency badly damages the prosecution case, therefore, there is need to improve the quality of investigation by educating the investigators with the current laws.

    The senior judges of the Supreme Court, High Courts on the occasion presented their papers on criminal justice system. (APP)