LAHORE- Mr Justice Muhammad Akram Qureshi of Lahore High Court expressing deep concern and dissatisfaction over the police performance particularly the entire investigation process has issued 8-points guiding principles for all the Sessions Judges, Inspector General and all Additional Inspector Generals of Punjab police. The court issued these principles after finding a lot of flaws and lacunae in the case of a dacoity accused, Walayat. The guiding principles include that the Investigation Officer should preferably be an educated person, identification parade of accused should be made at the earliest and the Prosecution Department should be more vigilant. The judge expressed his concern that the poor investigations of IOs are spoiling even the cases of murder and dacoity and their high-ups are taking no action at all. The Judge directed that this order should be sent to Prosecutor General, Punjab, Advocate General, Punjab, Additional Inspector General of Police (Investigation), Punjab who shall pursue the same and circulate it to all concerned and subordinate courts and officers for appropriate legal action. These guiding principles are: In case of unknown assailant the arrested accused must be put to identification parade and recovered articles must be got identified from the owners.  Recording of baseless statement mentioning the complainant and the eye witnesses have come to know the names of assailants through reliable source should be avoided. The mature and well-versed investigating officer should be deputed to investigate the case. In this respect education persons must be given preference. The process of holding the identification parade in jail should be made easier and in this respect unnecessary hurdles should not be created in the ways of the Investigating Officers. The process of scrutinising the challan should be reformed and cases of deficient evidence should not be forwarded to courts. Illegalities and irregularities committed by the police officials should be brought to the notice of higher police officials and strict departmental as well as criminal action under the relevant provisions of law shall be taken against them. The Prosecutor General and Prosecutor are reminded their powers under Section 10/12 of the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers Act, 2006-. It is expected that in future they shall make use of these powers effectively to cure above-mentioned illegalities/irregularities. The background of Walayat case is that he was in Jhang jail in a case when Ibrar Khan an ASI of Tandlianwala police took him into custody for investigation in a case of committing dacoity at a factory. ASI made the arrest after four months of registration of dacoity case and recovered the looted articles. Walayat moved bail application on the plea that it was false case, no identification parade of the dacoity accused was held and also the recovered stolen articles were never identified by the complainant. Mr Justice Qureshi accepted the application ordered to release Walayat on furnishing bail bond in the sum of Rs 200,000. The judge observed,'Before parting with this order this court shows its concern over the negligent investigation conducted by Ibrar Khan, ASI. Instant case was registered against unknown assailants, Walayat and his co-accused were apprehended by the police in some other cases. They were already behind the bars from where Ibrar Khan, ASI secured their custody'. The judge observed in order to establish participation of the petitioner and his co-accused in the present dacoity, holding of identification parade was necessary but the ASI intentionally avoided to get arranged the important event of the identification parade of the accused and thus caused disappearance of important evidence of ocular account of this case. The exercise for identification of the stolen property was never done, which is gross negligence on part of the Investigating Officer. Judge held Ibrar Khan guilty of gross negligence of his duty and causing disappearance of evidence. Judge directed that the departmental inquiry must be held against ASI and the action taken must be intimated to this court through Additional Registrar (judicial). Justice Qureshi also observed, 'It has become a general tendency in Punjab that in cases of unknown accused the investigating officers intentionally avoid to get arranged the identification parade after their arrest'. They had made it routine to record supplementary statements of the eyewitnesses containing the fact that they had come to know from reliable source that the persons mention in their statements are their accused. They do not mention the source of said information. On the basis of these baseless statements they affect the arrest of accused persons considering the above-mentioned statements as substitution of valuable evidence of identification parade, which is factually incorrect. After recoveries they send the accused to judicial lock-up. Even the legal course of converting these recoveries to stolen property is being ignored, which is the height of the negligence of duty on the part of the investigating officer.' Judge also remarked,the cases of Qatl-i-Amd(intentional murder), robbery and dacoity are being spoiled by adopting the above stated mode and the habitual dacoits or robbers are being let off. It is a serious affair. The senior officers of the police department are keeping their eyes shut over this serious matter. Judge gave the guiding principles as the Deputy Prosecutor General who appeared in Walayat case complained that the police officers face lot of difficulties in the courts of magistrates and sometimes it become almost impossible to get arranged identification parades, therefore, a direction may also be issued to the Sessions Judges to make the procedure of arrangement of identification parade easier.