Article 22 of the Constitution of India

Article 22

Article 22 makes the minimum procedural requirements which must be included in any law enacted by legislature in accordance of which a person is deprived of his personal liberty. Article 22(1) and (2) are also called Rights of an arrested person.

Rights of an Arrested Person (Article 22(1) and 22(2) A person cannot be arrested and detained without being informed why he is being arrested. A person who is arrested cannot be denied to be defended by a legal practitioner of his choice. This means that the arrested person has right to hire a legal practitioner to defend himself/ herself. Every person who has been arrested would be produced before the nearest magistrate within 24 hours. The custody of the detained person cannot be beyond the said period by the authority of magistrate.

Also Read: Article 21 of the Constitution of India

The Article 22(1) and 22(2) make the above provisions.

However, Article 22(3) says that the above safeguards are not available to the following:

If the person is at the time being an enemy alien.

f the person is arrested under certain law made for the purpose of “Preventive Detention“

The first condition above is justified, because when India is in war, the citizen of the enemy country may be arrested. But the second clause was not easy to justify by the constituent assembly. This was one of the few provisions which resulted in stormy and acrimonious discussions. Preventive Detention Laws A person can be put in jail / custody for two reasons. One is that he has committed a crime. Another is that he is potential to commit a crime in future. The custody arising out of the later is preventive detention and in this, a person is deemed likely to commit a crime. Thus Preventive Detention is done before the crime has been committed.