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Govt seeks to make uniforms non-mandatory for police during arrests

Shaina Abdulla
01 July 2018, MVT 12:12
Shaina Abdulla
01 July 2018, MVT 12:12

The parliament is set to vote on proposed amendments to the Judicature Act, dictating it optional for arresting offers to be present in uniform.

According to the Clause 40 of the Judiciary Act, for an arrest to be made, in addition to authorization from an officer ranking Sub Inspector of Police or above, the arresting officer must be present in uniform. Thus, detainees have been released by court orders on any occasion officers who were not in uniform at the time of the arrest.

Police had earlier reported that the authority is at a disadvantage due to the uniform mandating law.

The amendment was proposed to the parliament by pro-government lawmakers in a bill with several other amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code.

The proposed amendment will allow police officers to be present in plain clothing during arrests. However, it also dictates that a Sub Inspector must be present during such arrests.

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