Published On: Sat, Mar 26th, 2016

Govt mulls law to limit police power to arrest

New Delhi: In an effort to stop Indian police to arrest common man under a false pretext, the government is now mulling a new legislation that will limit police power to arrest a person, when he is available for interrogation by issuing notice.

Law Minister Sadananda Gowda

Law Minister Sadananda Gowda

The central government is working on this proposal to amend the code of criminal procedure (CrPC).

The Law Ministry is keen to undertake such reform of the criminal justice system and has referred the matter to the Law Commission for its recommendation on the amendment required in the CrPC.

The issue was discussed last month at a high-level meeting chaired by Law Minister Sadananda Gowda with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and top jurist Madhava Menon present along with senior officials of the Law Ministry.

The Law Ministry is hopeful that the Law Commission will submit its recommendation on this issue within six months.

Even the Supreme Court had, in a judgement in July 2014, directed that the arrest provisions be used sparingly after it found that police resort to making mechanical arrests, for example in cases lodged under Section 498A (dowry harassment and domestic violence) of the IPC, where the conviction rate is very low.

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