Know your rights if your arrested

A Person Is Arrested When A Police Officer Or A Citizen Takes Him Into Custody Or Otherwise Substantially Deprives Him Of His Freedom Of Action So That He May Be Held To Answer For A Crime Or An Offence. The Police In India Do Not Have Any Power To Detain Anybody For Questioning Unless He Is Arrested With Or Without Warrant.


It Is A Written Order Issued By A Court To A Police Officer To Arrest And Produce An Offender Or To Search His Premises For A Particular Thing. A Police Officer Who Executes The Warrant Shall Notify The Substance Thereof To The Person To Be Arrested And If He Demands, Shall Show Him The Warrant. He Is Expected To Bring The Required Person Before The Court Without Unnecessary Delay.


Warrant Of Arrest Should Be

In Writing
Signed By The Presiding Officer Of The Court And
Should Bear The Seal Of The Court. It Should Also Contain The Name Of The Accused, His Address And Indicate The Offence With Which He Is Charged. If Any Of These Factors Is Absent, The Warrant Is Not In Order And An Arrest Made In Execution Of Such A Warrant Is Illegal.

Warrants Are Of Two Kinds


A Bailable Warrant Is A Court's Order Which Contains A Direction That If The Person Arrested Executes A Bail With Sufficient Sureties For His Attendance Before The Court, He May Be Released From Custody. In That Case It Shall Further State The Number Of Sureties, The Amount Of The Bond, And The Time For Attending The Court. (Section 71 Cr.P.C.) In Case Of A Non-Bailable Warrant The Direction For Bail Will Not Be Endorsed On The Warrant.


A Police Officer Has Power To Arrest A Person Without Warrant If He Is Suspected Of Having Committed A Cognizable Offence. Normally In Non-Cognizable Offences A Police Officer Cannot Arrest A Person Without A Warrant From A Magistrate. In The First Schedule Of The Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) Offences Have Been Classified And Enumerated As Cognizable And Non-Cognizable. The More Serious Offences Such As Murder, Rape, Robbery, Theft, Waging War Against The State Etc. Are Cognizable.


A Person Can Be Arrested Without A Warrant:

If He Is Concerned In A Cognizable Offence Or If There Is A Reasonable Suspicion, Complaint Or Information That He Has Committed A Cognizable Offence;
If He Possesses Implements Of House Breaking.
If He Possess Stolen Property.
If He Is Proclaimed An Offender.
It He Obstructs A Police Officer On Duty.
If He Escapes From A Legal Custody.
If He Is A Deserter From The Army, Navy Or Air Force.
Where He Is Out Of India, If He Commits An Offence Punishable Under Any Extradition Law Or Under The Fugitive Offenders Act.
If He Is Released Convict Who Breaks The Restrictions Imposed By The Court On His Movements.
If He Is Suspected Of Preparing To Commit A Cognizable Offence; 11. If He Is Habitual Criminal.
If He, After Committing A Non-Cognizable Offence In The Presence Of A Police Officer, Refuses To Give The Police His Name And Address Or Has Given Him A False Name And Address;
If He Is Required By A Police Officer Of Another Police Station Who Suspects That He Has Committed A Cognizable Offence.


Arrest Is Complete When There Is Submission To Custody By Word Or Action, And In Such A Case Touching Or Confining Of The Body Of The Person Arrested Is Not Necessary, But Mere Surrounding Of A Person By The Police Does Not Amount To Arrest. (Section 46).


If You Forcibly Resist Arrest, The Police Officer Can Use All Means Necessary To Effect The Arrest. (Sec 46). He Can Even Cause Your Death Provided You Are Charged With An Offence Punishable With Death Or Me Imprisonment. However, He Is Not Justified In Using Force More Than Necessary To Obtain The Arrest (Sec.46). Therefore, Unnecessary Restraints Or Causing Physical Inconveniences Tying Of Hands And Feet Are Not Permissible If There Is No Necessity For Doing So.


You Must Be Informed Of The Reasons For Your Arrest (Fundamental Rights : Article 22 And Sec.50 Cr.P.C.)
You Have A Right To See The Warrant If You Are Arrested Under Warrant (Sec.75 Cr.P.C.).
You Have A Right To Consult A Lawyer Of Your Choice. (Fundamental Rights: Article 22 Of The Constitution).
You Must Be Produced Before The Nearest Magistrate Within 24 Hours (Fundamental Rights Article 22 Of The Constitution).
You Must Be Told Whether You Are Entitled To Be Released On Bail. (Sec.50 Cr.P.C.).


According To The Latest Ruling Of The Supreme Court, Normally An Arrested Person Should Not Be Handcuffed Unless He Is Violent Or He Is Desperate Character Or He Is Likely To Attempt To Escape Or To Commit Suicide. Arrest Is Not A Punishment. Hence Unnecessary Restraints Are Not Permissible, If There Is No Necessity For Doing So. Search Of A Place Entered By A Person Sought To Be Arrested Sec.47 Of Cr.P.C. Compels All Persons To Afford To The Police Facilities For Search In A Place For A Person Sought To Be Arrested. Police Officers Have Power To Break Open Any Door Or Window To Carry Out A Search And To Liberate Himself Or Any Person Who Is Detained Inside A Premises.


A Police Officer Has The Right To Search A Person Only After He Is Arrested. After The Search The Police Officer Must Keep In Safe Custody All The Articles Taken From The Person And Give Him A Receipt For The Same. A Search Of An Arrested Female Should Be Done With Strict Regard To Decency. A Woman Can Be Searched Only By Another Women. (Sec.51)


A Police Officer Not Below The Rank Of A Sub-Inspector May Require An Arrested Person To Be Medically Examined If He Feels That This May Provide Evidence To Prove The Offence. (Sec.53)
He May Use Reasonably Necessary Force To Have The Medical Examination Performed.
The Accused Person Can Make A Request To The Magistrate That He Had Not Committed The Offence.(Sec.54)
A Woman Has A Right To Demand That She Be Examined By A Woman Doctor. (Sec.53 A(2)54)
In Case Of Torture In Police Custody, This Provision Of Law Must Be Taken Advantage Of And The Victim Should Demand In The Court That He Be Medically Examined To Prove Torture By The Police.


Article 22 (2) Of The Constitution Lays Down That Every Person Who Is Arrested And Detained In Custody Should Be Produced Before The Nearest Magistrate Within A Period Of 24 Hours Of Such Arrest Exclusive Of The Time Necessary For The Journey From The Place Of Arrest To The Magistrate's Court. However, Sec.167 Of The Cr.P.C. Vests The Power In The Magistrate To Authorize The Detention Of The Arrested Person For More Than 24 Hours Of The Investigation Cannot Be Completed Within That Period. In No Circumstances Can The Accused Be Detained In Custody For A Moment More Than Twenty Four Hours Without A Special Order Of A Magistrate Who Can Order His Detention For A Term Exceeding 15 Days On The Whole. At The End Of The 15 Days He Must Be Produced Before The Magistrate. If There Are Adequate Grounds For Further Detention In Judicial Custody (Jail), He Can Pass An Order To That Effect, For A Period Not Exceeding 15 Days. But The Total Period Of Detention Cannot Exceed 60 Days, Whether The Investigation Of Offence Against Him Has Been Completed Or Not. The Order Of A Magistrate Sanctioning The Detention For An Indefinite Period Is Illegal. If The Accused Is Not Able To Furnish Bail During The Stage Of Investigation He May Be Detained In Judicial Custody Beyond 60 Days. In Case Of A Non-Bailable Offence The Arrested Person May Be Kept In Jail Until The Trial Is Over.


Search Warrant Is Issued By The Magistrate For The Following Purposes:

.For The Recovery Of A Document Or Thing Which May Not Be Produced In The Court Otherwise;
For Search Of A House Suspected To Contain Stolen Property, Forged Documents, Etc;
Seizing Any Publication Banned By The Government;
For Discovery Of A Person Wrongfully Confined.
A Search Warrant Gives The Power To The Police Officer To Search The Required Place And To Seize The Objectionable Article Known As "Mudammal". Police May Use Force To Effect A Legal Entry Provided That They Have Come, Demanded Entry And Are Unreasonably Refused. The Police Officer Executing The Warrant May Search Any Person In Or About Such Place If That Person Is Reasonably Suspected Of Concealing On His Person Any Article For Which Search Is Made. If The Person To Be Searched Is A Female, Then The Search Shall Be Made By Another Woman With The Strictest Possible Decency.


The Officer Making A Search Shall:
Call Upon Two Or More Respectable Residents Of The Locality (Called Panches) To Attend And Witness The Search. Failure To Attend Is An Offence Under Sec.187 I.P.C.
Make The Search In Their Presence. So, The Search Would Be Illegal If The Panches: Are Kept Outside While The Search Takes Place Inside The Building;
Make A List Of All Things Seized And Of All Places In Which They Are Found. (The List Is Called The Panchanama).
Get The List Signed By The Witnesses – Panchas.
Permit The Occupant Of The Place To Attend The Search And Give Him A Copy Of The List Of Things Signed At His Request.
Panches Are Not Required To Attend The Court As Witnesses Unless Specially Summoneded By The Court.


The Accused Himself Cannot Be Compelled To Produce Any Document Or Property Which Is Likely To Involve Him In Any Criminal Charge. Hence Police Have To Get A Warrant Issued By A Court Of Law.
The Police Have No General Power To Enter Or Search Your Premises Without Your Consent.
The Court May Specify In The Warrant A Particular Place Only To Which The Search Will Extend.
It Is Important That The Warrant Is Read And The Directions Are Taken Note Of Before The Police Are Allowed To Make Inspection.
If The Police Have No Legal Authority To Enter Your Premises You Can Refuse The Entry.
If They Have No Legal Authority To Remain, You Have A Right To Insist That They Leave.
If They Refuse You Have The Legal Right To Use Reasonable Force To Remove Them. (Sec.97, Of I.P.C.)


Bail Means Releasing An Arrested Person From Legal Custody Until His Trial. Bail Gives The Freedom To Seek Advice From Friends To Consult A Lawyer, To Trace Witnesses And To Collect Evidence For One's Defense And To Continue His Job. When Bail Is Not Granted, The Arrested Person Will Be On Remand And Will Be Kept In Custody To Facilitate The Investigation And To Obtain Evidence. Provisions Regarding Bail Can Be Classified Into 2 Ca