Crime Patrol (TV series)

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Crime Patrol
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Genre Reality; Documentary
Format Crime Prevention
Created by Subramanian S. Iyer
Developed by Subramanian S. Iyer & Neeraj Naik
Written by Subramanian S. Iyer
Directed by Subramanian S. Iyer
Creative director(s) Neeraj Naik (Season 1)
Presented by Diwakar Pundir & Shakti Anand (Season 1)
Anoop Soni & Saakshi Tanwar (Season 2)
Anoop Soni (Season 3 and 4)
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes Season 1 - 211
Season 2 - 96
Season 3 - 68
Season 4 - 407 (as of August 16, 2014)
Producer(s) Opytimystix Entertainment Private Limited
Running time approx. 42 minutes
Production company(s) Cinevistaas Limited (Season 1)
Optimystix Entertainment (Season 2, 3, 4)
Original channel Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television Asia
Picture format 576i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run May 9, 2003 – Present
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Crime Patrol is an Indian crime television series created, developed, written and directed by Subramanian S. lyer for Sony Entertainment Television India and Sony Entertainment Television Asia. The series presents dramatized version of crime cases that occurred in India. The series was first premiered on May 9, 2003, and ran for 3 seasons. Currently, season 4 titled Crime Patrol Dastak is being aired and is hosted by Anoop Soni.[1] Season 4 has aired the infamous Baby Falak case, 2012 Delhi gang rape case and 2013 Mumbai gang rape.[2]


The motto of the show is "Crime never pays". According to host Anoop Soni, the basic idea behind such a reality show was to make viewers aware of the criminal activities occurring in their neighbourhoods and how they can protect themselves. It dramatizes real-life crime and events and details how the police went about solving the case.

Cast & Crew[edit]


Season 1: 2003-2006[edit]

The season was telecast weekly on every Friday at 10:30 PM IST for half an hour, from May 9, 2003 to March 3, 2006.[3] It was hosted by Diwakar Pundir who later was replaced by Shakti Anand.

Season 2: 2010[edit]

This season was aired 4 days a week on every Monday-Thursday at 8:30 PM IST for half an hour, from January 26, 2010 to June 24, 2010. It was presented by known Indian television actors Anoop Soni and Saakshi Tanwar.[4] Juhi Chawla appeared in the first episode of the show to make her debut on television.[5]

Season 3: 2010[edit]

Its third season was telecast bi-weekly on every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM IST, from September 24, 2010 to December 25, 2010.[6] This season was hosted by Anoop Soni. The air time of this season was 1 hour, with an average of 25–35 minutes of running time.

Season 4: 2011-Present[edit]

This season is titled as Crime Patrol Satark and is again hosted by Anoop Soni. Previously, the series was named Crime Patrol Dastak till 29 June 2014. From April 29, 2011, it was aired bi-weekly on every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM IST till June 23, 2012.[7] From June 29, 2012, the series was telecast tri-weekly on every Friday-Sunday till October 6, 2013.[8] Than again from October 11, 2013, it shifted to its original place, due to the new show Bhoot Aaya which aired weekly on every Sunday at 11 PM IST.[9] Again from April 11, 2014, the series aired three days a week.[10] From July 4, 2014, the series took Encounter's time slot and airs at the time slot of 9 PM IST to 10 PM IST.[11] On the same date, the series changed its theme with a new name Crime Patrol Satark.[12]

Delhi Gang-Rape case[edit]

On January 11, 2013 and January 12, 2013 the show was to air a special episode focusing on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, but after objections from[13] Bhartiya Stree Shakti(Nagpur Wing)], a non-governmental organisation, Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India intervened and asked Sony Entertainment Television not to telecast it keeping in mind the sensitivity involved.[14][15][16][17][18] But on September 10, 2013, Crime Patrol got the green signal to narrate the 2012 Delhi gang rape case on their show, and subsequently the promos of the episode were also aired.[19] The episode was aired in a two-episode part on September 21, 2013 and September 22, 2013 on Sony TV.[20][21][22][23]

Om Prakash Chautala teacher recruitment scam[edit]

Sony TV was to air episodes based on Om Prakash Chautala teacher recruitment scam in the show. On February 22, 2013 Delhi High Court restrained Sony TV from telecasting the related episodes till April 4, 2013, upon the appeal by Chautala and others as the case was still in court and there was a possibility of a bias of the show on case.[24] On March 2, 2013, show was given clearance by High court.[25] However, clearance was challenged in Supreme Court and on March 6, 2013, the episodes of this case were again put on hold.[26] On May 3, 2013 Supreme Court allowed Sony TV to telecast episodes as the trial was complete and judgment of conviction and sentence are in public domain.[27] and finally the related episodes were telecast on May 31, 2013 and June 1, 2013.

2013 Mumbai Gang Rape Case[edit]

The episode on 2013 Mumbai gang rape of Shakti Mills compund was aired on Sony TV on 4th and 5th May 2014.[28]


Throughout the globe, Crime Patrol has been receiving mostly positive critical reception. Currently, Crime Patrol Dastak has been more popular than its previous seasons. However, it is criticized for its production and plot quality lately and faces stiff competition from fictional crime shows like CID.

International broadcast[edit]

Crime Patrol Dastak has been dubbed in other Indian languages. In Pakistan, the show airs on Geo Tez and Geo Kahani. A Bengali adapted version of Crime Patrol Dastak airs on SET India's sister channel, Sony Aath.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tankha, Madhur (April 20, 2012). "Crime never pays". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
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  3. ^ "Sony to bust crime on Fridays with reality show". Indiantelevision. Retrieved May 9, 2003. 
  4. ^ "Crime Patrol is back!". The Times of India. January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Juhi nabs a criminal". The Times of India. May 5, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sony launches Crime Patrol 3 to firm up weekend late prime". Indiantelevision. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Crime Patrol Dastak". Indianexpress. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crime Patrol will be a tri-weekly". The Times of India. June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Crime Patrol to go bi-weekly, Bhoot Aaya to air every Sunday at 11 pm". Tellychakkar. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sony TV to air crime shows thrice a week; CID comes up with a new series". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Crime Patrol takes Encounter's on air time slot on Sony TV". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sony TV's Crime Patrol urges you to stay Satark". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bhartiya Stree Shakti". 
  14. ^ "I&B ministry asks Sony not to air Crime Patrol on Delhi gang-rape". Business Standard. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sony postpones 'Crime Patrol' episode on Delhi gangrape". IBN Live. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
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  17. ^ "BCCC restrains airing of Crime Patrol episodes on Delhi gang rape incident". The Hindu (Chennai, India). March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "I&B Ministry intervenes; Sony TV not to air Crime Patrol episode on Delhi Gang Rape case". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Delhi gang rape case to feature on Crime Patrol". Hindustan Times. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Boys should be taught that a woman is not an object: Anup Soni". The Times of India. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Delhi gang rape case to feature on 'Crime Patrol'". Business Standard. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Delhi gang-rape on Crime Patrol". DnaIndia. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ "'No intention to sensationalise the Delhi gang rape'". Rediff. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Crime Patrol episode on Chautala stopped, TV fraternity reacts". Hindustan Times. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Crime Patrol Dastak: Om Prakash Chautala episode gets HC clearance". The Times of India. March 2, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ Venkatesan, J. (March 7, 2013). "Sony TV not to telecast episodes on recruitment scam". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Chautala loses plea against TV serial on recruitment scam". The Hindu (Chennai, India). May 5, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
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