ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CIVIL LIBERTIES-Compensating the Wronged

Compensating the Wronged A G Noorani IT is bad enough to imprison a man without trial for months or years and, as it were, take away a slice of his life. But the legal system which permits this outrage surely owes it to the man to compensate him financially if the imprisonment is declared illegal under the very law which sanctions the outrage of imprisonment without trial. Suits for damages for false imprisonment and criminal prosecutions lor the same offence are no remedies because (he statute sanctioning preventive detention takes good care to protect erring officiate and the government. Why should not the Court releasing the detenue have the power to award damages or compensation?

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