On 17 September 2012, the Commissioner of Police of Pune City issued a notification under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 prohibiting all private employers from employing candidates without obtaining their antecedents (including his/her full name, residential address, hometown address and relevant documents pertaining to such information) prior to their recruitment. Further, once such details of the employees have been obtained, the employer is required to submit to the local police station having jurisdiction over the employer’s establishment for verification of the same. It is important to note that private employers are forbidden from approaching private entities for the verification of antecedents of the employees proposed to be recruited and it is compulsory that such verifications be obtained only through the jurisdictional police station.

Pending such verification of antecedents by the police station with jurisdiction over the employer’s establishment, private employers may employ these candidates. However, in such case, it is advisable to ensure that the employment of the candidate is subject to the verification and the confirmation of the antecedents. It would be advisable, as a matter of caution, to ensure that the employment contract expressly provides that the employment of the candidate is subject to clearance from the jurisdictional police.

This order is effective for a period of 60 days starting 19 September 2012, i.e., up to 17 November 2012.