Differences between Cognizable and Non-cognizable Offences?

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Cognizable offences are those offences for which a police officer may arrest without court mandated warrant in accordance with the first schedule of the code. For non-cognizable cases the police officer may arrest only after being duly authorized by a warrant. Non-cognizable offences are, generally, relatively less serious offences than cognizable ones.

What is non-cognizable offence?

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In the case of a non–cognisable offence, a police officer does not have the authority to make an arrest without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.