Karnataka DGP Circular – 498A arrest guidelines

No: 10/ /2010

Director general and Inspector General of Police Station,
Nrupatunga road, Bangalore

Date: 01-10-2010

Sub: Under 498, 498a I.P.C and Dowry prohibition act, the Procedure to arrest the Accused.

Based on the study of complaints of 498, 498a IPC and Dowry prohibition act, some of the cases registered against the husband and his near and dear innocent relatives found making false allegation. It is common that in these kinds of complaints the petitioner happens to involve the accused relatives. And after investigation it is seen that the in this type of complaints the accused remains/found as innocent. The Police officers make mistake without making the decision whether they have to arrest accused or not after collecting the correct witness and proof of evidence.

According to Orders of Honorable Supreme court of India in Jogindar Kumar vs Uttar Pradesh state direction. Police officers have got power to arrest as per C.R.P.C 41. BUT before arresting they have to do the investigation and collect the enough witness and proof of evidence. Then they have the confirm whether he/she (accused) can be arrested. Then the accused is arrested. Otherwise Arresting the accused based on the complaint of anybody or because of the names are there in FIR is not correct.

Taking the consideration as per above guideline of Honorable Supreme court of India, It is necessary to take Action to Protect the Human rights of any innocent human being.

Because of this before arresting any person (Female, Male and Children’s) under these acts, the investigation report should be reviewed by the corresponding superintendent of police/Deputy commissioner of police and upon getting the permission only the accused should be arrested. In this regard the corresponding police officers should submit the collected evidence to corresponding superintendent of police/Deputy commissioner of police for review. The higher offices after analyzing the merits and each of the accused, they have to take decision to whether to arrest or not. It is proper to arrest once after getting the permission.

In all there kinds of complaints or Acts .The procedure should be followed or noticed by all higher officials.

Director general and inspector general of police

1) To all police offices (Names)
2.) To all police officers K.G.F and Railways.(Names)


To all jurisidiction Police officers

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