SC quotes Spider-Man on custodial deaths, raises prison term of police

SC quotes Spider-Man on custodial deaths, raises prison term of police
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The Supreme Court said “With great power comes greater responsibility,” while enhancing the sentence given to some Maharashtra police personnel in a custodial death case from three to seven years.

It said that such incidents, involving police, tend to gradually destroy people’s confidence in the criminal justice system more than in cases involving private individuals.

The police need to recognise the concept of ‘democratic policing’, where crime control was not only the end but the means to achieve this order was also equally important, said Justices NV Ramana and MM Shantanagoudar.

The apex court said that since it was the police who are the violators of law in some cases, proportionately strict punishment must be mandated so as to have a deterrent effect and instil confidence in the society.