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Adjudicating it Based Policing: Case of Maintaining Digital Daily Diary

Kamran Adil

It is fashionable to link all the government business and public policy
issues with the use of information technology (IT) nowadays; the propensity to do
so is not entirely cosmetic, but has immense merit. IT based Policing is more than
an efficiency enhancing tool as it can help realize implementation of constitutional
fundamental and human rights that distinguish citizens of an independent state
from a colonial state.In this constitutional and legal context, every IT based
Policing is dependent on specific legislation that enhances the rule of law,
minimizes the discretion and makes it sustainable for budget allocation. Balancing
between competing human rights and benefits of information technology is the
primary consideration while preparing these specific legislations. One such
instance is provision of legislative cover for daily diaries of police stations that
were being maintained manually in the Punjab. By amending Rule 22.4 of the
Punjab Police Rules, 1934 on 15th December, 2017, it was required from police