Difference between cognizable and non-cognizable offence

Difference Between cognizable and non-cognizable offence

There are following distinction between cognizable and non-cognizable offences

  1. Cognizable offences are serious offences while non-cognizable offences are moral in nature.
  2. In a cognizable offence, the police officer is empowered to arrest the offender without warrant whereas in non-cognizable offence, police may not arrest to the offender without warrant.
  3. In cognizable offence, the police may arrest without warrant but also has a duty to investigate the matter while in non-cognizable offence, police cannot investigate into the matter without warrant of magistrate.

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