This is the difference in treatment by corrupt Indian police and complicit judiciary when an ordinary citizen is faced with a cognizable offence versus a celebrity who is in same situation.
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Shoaib Malik has been charged with IPC 498a among other sections of Indian Penal Code. Since this is a cognizable offence — which means person can be arrested without magistrate’s warrant – the police in India is only too happy to put behind bars the accused and family members the moment the ink dries up on a 498a FIR, or even earlier probably in some cases. So I wonder with eyes open when I read the news below:
On the possible arrest of the former Pakistan captain, the lawyer cited a Supreme Court ruling and said, ‘‘Shoaib is cooperating with the police and hence, his arrest is not required at all. The filing of anticipatory bail is not being discussed as his arrest is not warranted when he is cooperating in the investigation,’’ he said.
So neither Shoaib has to worry about arrest, nor does he have to worry about filing anticipatory bail. All these worries are only for lesser mortals which is Indian public. The celebrities will get the police to come to home for investigation in 498a, for other public, police comes to home to do only one thing that is arrest everyone they see in sight except probably the family dog!