in cognizable crime, can arrest be made without evidence?

Suppose a person is totally innocent, is it possible to arrest the person just because of suspecting he may have commited a cognizable crime? Or does police require sufficient evidence before making FIR and arrest?


Yes. It is possible to arrest an individual on suspicion of having committed a crime. 


Yes. Police need to have a prima facie case to charge a person.


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refer to the supreme court guidelines regarding arrest in cognizable cases.the police cant arrest someone mechanically without any strong proof o reason if he is suspected to have committed a cognizable offence which is punishable with less than 7 years of imprisonment.there is a nine point checklist which police are required to adhere during arrests.they will issue a notice of arrest and you need to appear before the io at the mentioned date and time.if not only you will be arrested




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