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Delhi HC: Must follow due process before declaring someone proclaimed offender

Till September 2019, as per records of Delhi Police, there were 26,532 proclaimed offenders in Delhi — 3,826 had been arrested, prosecution was launched against 1,601 and properties of 28 were attached.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 21, 2021 4:46:16 am
Delhi HC, Delhi Police, Delhi Police Commissioner, cbi, CBI Director, indian express newsJustice Midha said the court is of the view that declaring a person as a Proclaimed Offender leads to a serious offence under Section 174A, punishable for a period upto 3 or 7 years.

THE DELHI High Court has said it is necessary to ensure that legal processes regarding Proclaimed Offenders and attachment of their property are not issued in a routine manner and directed the Delhi Police Commissioner as well as the CBI Director to form an Internal Committee to formulate suggestions with respect to the issue. Justice J R Midha, in an order, said the report of the Committee be filed within a period of four weeks.

Till September 2019, as per records of Delhi Police, there were 26,532 proclaimed offenders in Delhi — 3,826 had been arrested, prosecution was launched against 1,601 and properties of 28 were attached.

Justice Midha said the court is of the view that declaring a person as a Proclaimed Offender leads to a serious offence under Section 174A, punishable for a period upto 3 or 7 years.

“It affects the life and liberty of a person… and it is necessary to ensure that the process… is not issued in a routine manner,” said the court.

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