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Man arrested for drinking tea in a “suspicious manner”

by | 17th, September 2013

A woman participates in a rally as part of national Tax Day in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, April 15, 2009. The tea bags represent the rebellion of the Boston tea party. REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES BUSINESS CONFLICT)

MR Vijay Patil, a 49-year-old restaurant owner from Kolhapur, was arrested for drinking tea in a “suspicious manner” at a road side stall near Shivaji University in Kolhapur, India.
The matter came before Justice Patel, who says:

“This is bewildering. We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night. One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’. The ingestion of a cup that cheers demands no explanation. And while cutting chai is permissible, now even fashionable, cutting corners with the law is not.

“The provisions of section 151 Code of Criminal Procedure invoked by the police are ‘preventive, not punitive’. The section allows police to arrest a person without a warrant or a court order, as the only means to prevent a serious crime from taking place. Such arrests can only be made when a police officer is satisfied that the impending cognizable crime cannot otherwise be prevented. Otherwise, there is a violation of a person’s fundamental right to life and liberty.”

Patil was suing for compensation. He got none.
PS – Can you drink tea is a suspicious manner? Yes:



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