SC: Police officer in RPF is required to maintain a high standard of integrity

The Hon’ble Supreme Court, on 25th November 2020, in the matter Of Director General Of Police, Railway Protection Force And Ors. v. Rajendra Kumar Dubey observed that a police officer in the Railway Protection Force is required to maintain a high standard of integrity in the discharge of his official functions.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that:

High Court must not act as an appellate authority, and re- appreciate the evidence led before the enquiry officer in a disciplinary proceeding. (Para 12.1)

Section 11 of the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957 provides that it shall be the duty of every superior officer and member of the force to protect and safeguard railway property and passengers. The primary object of constituting the Railway Protection Force is to secure better “protection and security of the railway property.” The restricted power of arrest and search conferred on members of this Force is incidental to the efficient discharge of their primary duty to protect and safeguard railway property, and to uphold the law. A police officer in the Railway Protection Force is required to maintain a high standard of integrity in the discharge of his official functions. (Para 12.6)

Copy of judgement: Judgement_25-Nov-2020

-Adv. Tushar Kaushik

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