Supreme Court to revisit verdict that put an end to automatic arrest in dowry cases

A three judge bench of the Supreme Court has agreed to revisit the Court’s division bench decision in the case of Rajesh Sharma v. State of U.P which laid down procedural guidelines to restrict arrests for cases of cruelty against a married woman under Sec. 498A IPC. The directions cautioned against arrests for a period of six months, unless there was tangible evidence of physical harm, and called for the setting up of ‘Family Committees’ for vetting all complaints and initiating reconciliation. The bench has indicated that these guidelines may be in contravention of procedural criminal law as contained in the CrPC.

Nyayadhar v. Union of India & Ors.