They have urged to end “executive stranglehold” over it and enable its transformation from a “ruler’s police” into “people’s police”.
A group led by Ram Jethmalani, MP and senior lawyer, has requested that the electoral reforms be introduced as per the recommendations of the Election Commission and Law Commission ahead of upcoming Assembly polls to bar criminals from entering legislatures.
The other members of the group are Former secretary Bhure Lal, former CBI director Joginder Singh, former DGPs Prakash Singh and Shashi Kant, social activist PV Rajagopal and former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice DS Tewatia.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan have joined the group too.
The letter said, “We urge you to initiate necessary steps to reform, restructure and rejuvenate police, laying emphasis on the implementation of judicial directions. India must have People’s Police not the Ruler’s Police”.
They also said that a faulty electoral system was the fountainhead of all the “aberrations” which Indian democracy is riddled with at present.