Those with criminal records don’t have rights? HC to Maha govt
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-29

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The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government if it believed that people with criminal records had no right to a safe life . The government invited the high court’s ire after it submitted that it had decided not to extend police protection to persons who had a criminal record, since any threat to their lives was a consequence of their own actions.

They are into criminal activities and hence, they have a threat to their lives, public prosecutor Abhinandan Vagyani said.“It is because of their own doing and hence, we have decided not to give them police protection.”

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A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak, however, asked if this meant that the state believed those with criminal records had no right to a safe life.“ What nonsense is this? Are you saying that those who have a criminal record do not have any rights? Can anyone come and kill them just like that? ” Chief Justice Chellur said.


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