CJI DY Chandrachud Flags 'Unwarranted' Confiscation Of Personal Devices, Bats For Balance Between Search, Seizure Powers

Delivering a keynote address at the 20th DP Kohli Memorial lecture in the memory of the first director of the federal probe agency, DY Chandrachud said that probe agencies must pick their battles and concentrate efforts on crimes that truly threaten the nation's security economic health and public order.
CJI DY Chandrachud Flags Unwarranted Confiscation Of Personal Devices Bats For Balance Between Search Seizure Powers
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud on Monday underlined that investigative agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation have been spread "too thin" over the years. The Chief Justice of India mentioned that there is a need to have a "delicate balance" between the search and seizure powers vested with investigative agencies like the CBI and an individual's right to privacy.
Delivering a keynote address at the 20th DP Kohli Memorial lecture in the memory of the first director of the federal probe agency, DY Chandrachud said that probe agencies must pick their battles and concentrate efforts on crimes that truly threaten the nation's security economic health and public order.
Further, expressing concern over instances of "unwarranted" confiscation of personal devices during raids, the CJI said they "highlight the pressing need to strike a balance between investigative imperatives and individual privacy ights."
"In the realm of criminal justice, the delicate balance between search and seizure powers and individual privacy rights stands and this is at the cornerstone of a fair and just society," Justice Chandrachud said.
“It is important for us, both in the context of not just streamlining the courts but also promoting the efficiency of the CBI and the investigative agencies to pick our battles. I think we have perhaps been spreading our investigative agencies too thin over the years, despite a rapid change in the environment. Our premier investigative agencies must concentrate their attention and efforts on that class of crime which truly threatens the security of the nation, public order or economic health of the nation,” the CJI said.

CJI Lauds New Criminal Laws Enacted By Parliament

Further focusing on new cirminal laws enacted by the Parliament earlier this year, the CJI said, "Section 94 of the newly enacted Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and Section 185 of the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam grant courts and law enforcement the authority to summon documents and materials, including digital evidence deemed necessary for investigation."
“Instances of raids conducted and incidents of unwarranted confiscation of personal devices highlight the pressing need to strike a balance between investigative imperatives and individual privacy rights,” he said.
Lauding the new criminal laws, he said "these laws aim to digitise various aspects of criminal procedure which is a significant step towards modernising the justice system."
He further mentioned that the comprehensive approach of new laws ensures a "seamless flow of information", and aims to "facilitate better coordination" and "collaboration" among stakeholders involved in the investigative and adjudicatory processes.

'Probe Agencies Should Tackle Crime By Using AI'

The Chief Justice of India said that the crime landscape has been evolvind at an "unprecedented pace" and agenices like the CBI must build their capacities to tackle it by using technological tools like Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He further said that criminal investigations must be synchronised with court procedures for effective and time-bound prosecutions.
Further, terming Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a "game changer" int he criminal justice system, the Chief Justice cautioned that AI is not "free of prejudice and biases."
“Because of skewed data, AI may lead to community-based profiling of marginalised social groups as having more crimes. This may not only abuse the privacy rights of individuals but also lead to disproportionate targeting of social groups. AI is a gift which must only be wielded within ethical boundaries,” he said.
End of Article
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news
news