Mangaluru, Feb 15, 2016: State government has appointed chief of city police units in Karnataka as the member secretary of the District Police Complaints Authority functioning out of police commissionerates in the state.
For Mangaluru accordingly, M Chandra Sekhar, police commissioner, Mangaluru city police will be the member secretary for Dakshina Kannada Authority. The regional commissioner, Mysuru will be the chairperson of the authority as per government order dated February 4, 2016
The Authority is empowered to inquire into custodial deaths, grievous injuries, rape and such other serious offences that a police officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police or assistant commissioners of police and below them might commit. It also has powers to inquire into cases of misbehaviour and misuse of power by such officials. Complaints against officers above the rank of DySP/ACP will have to be submitted to the State Police Complaints Authority.
This has been a long pending demand by various citizen, civil and human rights bodies.