Theatre owner’s arrest without court order is illegal: experts

Kochi: It is noted that the theatre owner Satheesh who took initiative to disclose the child abuse inside his theatre was illegally arrested by the police. Police arrested Satheesh on Monday as per section 19 (1) D and section 25 of POCSO act.

But police need prior permission and warrant issued by the court to arrest him under this act. Hence, according to legal experts, the arrest was illegal.

Meanwhile, a group of police officials expressed displeasure over the arrest of theatre owner. According to some of the officials, the arrest will discourage public from helping police.

Though the theatre owner was later released on bail, the state witnessed wide protest following his arrest.

It became a controversial subject in the assembly too. The chief minister failed to convince the opposition though he informed that the arrest was made without the consent from senior officials. The Chief Minister asked the DGP to give an explanation on the issue. The assembly witnessed a conflict when opposition raised the subject. Later opposition staged a walkout from the assembly.

Police on Monday arrested the owner of a theatre in Edappal, where a 10-year-old girl was sexually molested by a businessman on April 18, for alleged delay in informing the authorities about the incident.

Read More: Child abuse at Edappal: Police arrest theatre owner for delay in handing over info

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