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'Shame to the entire justice delivery system': SC's stern message to police on excesses 

The court passed the observations while dealing with an appeal filed by Somnath, a Dalit, challenging the compensation of Rs 75,000 awarded to him despite being handcuffed and paraded half-naked by C.P. Kakade

R. Balaji New Delhi Published 27.03.24, 05:53 AM
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The Supreme Court has ruled that there should be a “zero-tolerance” approach towards excesses committed by police officers on accused persons, regretting that such atrocities continue to happen despite a constitution bench judgment.

The court passed the observations while dealing with an appeal filed by Somnath, a Dalit, challenging the compensation of Rs 75,000 awarded to him despite being handcuffed and paraded half-naked by C.P. Kakade, then inspector of Paithan police station in Aurangabad, and allegedly abused because of his caste.

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“The court would indicate that in such matters the courts need to take a very strict view. A zero-tolerance approach towards such high-handed acts needs to be adopted as such acts, committed by persons in power against an ordinary citizen, who is in a non-bargaining position, bring shame to the entire justice delivery system," a bench of Justices Vikram Nath and Ahsanuddin Amanullah said.

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