What is the case of Prem Shankar v. Delhi Administration 1980?
How did handcuffing of an activist during arrest and detention become a historic case and precedent of similar cases in India?
Prem Shankar v. Delhi Administration was a landmark case in Indian legal history, as it established the right of an accused person to not be handcuffed during their arrest and subsequent detention. The case was heard in 1980 by the Delhi High Court, and the ruling has since been used as a precedent in similar cases throughout India.
The case began when Prem Shankar, a political activist, was arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of sedition. During his arrest, Shankar was handcuffed and subsequently kept in handcuffs while in police custody. Shankar filed a habeas corpus petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging the legality of his handcuffing.