No Sanction is Needed to Prosecute Erring Police Officers: Kerala HC
Recently, the Kerala High Court reiterated that the State government’s sanction is not required when prosecuting the police for illegal acts like police brutality.
This observation was made by a Bench of Justice Mary Joseph while considering two pleas filed by police officers who were accused of torturing an accused while in police custody. It was further alleged that they burned the accused’s tongue with a cigarette.
According to Section 197 of CrPC, a government employee can’t be prosecuted for acts done while discharging their official duty.
However, the Court ruled that the said section (197) can’t be used to protect government officials who have committed illegal acts and to prosecute them, the sanction of the government was not required.
Accordingly, the Court ruled that the accused policemen can’t take advantage of Section 197 after committing illegal under the guise of doing their official duties and affirmed the Trial Court’s order convicting the accused police personnel.
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