‘Inform people about rights in the event of arrest’- Delhi HC
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-25

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The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the AAP government to run an awareness campaign informing the general public about their rights in the event of arrest or detention by the police in criminal cases.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar observed that there were Supreme Court judgements stating that no automatic arrest or detention can be made by the police, even in non-bailable and cognizable offences.

It noted that pursuant to the apex court’s direction, the police has also issued standing orders in this regard, but the public appeared to be ignorant of their rights in the event of an arrest.

The Supreme Court, in its ruling, had emphasised on the need of caution while exercising the drastic power of arrest, which has for years, been treated as a tool of harassment, oppression in the hands of the police authorities and greatly contributed to police corruption in India.

“Respondents (Centre and Delhi government) shall ensure that steps are taken forthwith to disseminate information about the standing order (issued in October 2008 by the Delhi police) setting up guidelines for arrest.

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