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Gujarat Boasts Lowest Pendency of Cases: NCRB Data

| Updated: September 5, 2022 14:44

Mumbai police may hold the reputation of being one of the best investigating agencies in the country, but Gujarat has its own reasons to be proud. In the past three years, pendency percentage of police cases in the state has been the lowest in the country.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, Gujarat tops the charts when it comes to completing investigations and disposing of cases in the last three years.

In 2021, the state had only 1.7 percent of the cases pending in investigation. Last year, the police disposed of 4.65 lakh cases and only 8,272 cases were pending in investigations by the end of the year. Chargesheet rate at 99.8 percent was the highest in the country.

Gujarat boasted such statistics even in 2020. The pendency percentage of the cases was just 3.1 percent and the cops filed chargesheets in 97.1 percent cases. The police disposed of 3,76,162 cases while investigations were pending in 11,990 cases. Interestingly, 1,470 cases were stayed during the course of the investigation which was yet another highest in the country.

Even the previous year, in 2019, Gujarat police disposed of 1,38,490 cases of which 6,582 cases were pending investigation. The cops filed chargesheets at the rate of 88 percent. The pendency rate was just 4.5 percent, again the lowest in the country. In the same year, 520 cases were stayed during investigation.

Some of the key reasons that have helped the state top the charts include, separate teams that work on big economic or property-related offences and focus on specific cases; regular supervision and pressure from senior police officials who insist that the pending cases be investigated quickly and accused be arrested.

“Also, chargesheets are filed within the stipulated time after collecting the other evidence,” a police official said.

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