Section 55 in The Code of Civil Procedure

Title: Arrest and detention

Description: (1) A judgment-debtor may be arrested in execution of a decree at, any hour and on any day, and shall, as soon as practicable, be brought before the Court, and his detention may be in the civil prison of the district in which the Court ordering the detention is situate, or, where such civil prison does not afford suitable accommodation, in any other place which the State Government may appoint for the detention of persons ordered by the Courts of such district to be detained: Provided, firstly that, for the purpose of making an arrest under this section, no dwelling-house shall be entered after sunset and before sunrise: Provided, secondly, that no outer door of a dwelling-house shall be broken open unless such dwellinghouse is in the occupancy of the judgment-debtor and he refuses or in any way prevents access thereto, but when the officer authorized to make the arrest has duly gained access to any dwelling-house, he may break open the door of any room in which he has reason to believe the judgment-debtor is to be found: Provided, thirdly that, if the room is in the actual occupancy of a woman who is not the judgment-debtor and who according to the customs of the country does not appear in public, the officer authorized to make the arrest shall give notice to her that she is at liberty to withdraw, and, after allowing a reasonable time for her to withdraw and giving her reasonable facility for withdrawing, may enter the room for the purpose of making the arrest: Provided, fourthly, that, where the decree in execution of which a judgment-debtor is arrested, is a decree for the payment of money and the judgment-debtor pays the amount of the decree and the costs of the arrest to the officer arresting him, such officer shall at once release him. (2) The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare that any person or class of persons whose arrest might be attended with danger or inconvenience to the public shall not be liable to arrest in execution of a decree otherwise than in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed by the State Government in this behalf. (3) Where a judgment-debtor is arrested in execution of a decree for the payment of money and brought before the Court, the Court shall inform him that he may apply to be declared an insolvent, and that he 1 [may be discharged] if he has not committed any act of bad faith regarding the subject of the application and if he complies with the provisions of the law of insolvency for the time being in force. (4) Where a judgment-debtor expresses his intention to apply to be declared an insolvent and furnishes security, to the satisfaction of the Court, that he will within one month so apply, and that he will appear, when called upon, in any proceeding upon the application or upon the decree in execution of which he was arrested, the Court 2 [may release] him from arrest, and, if he fails so to apply and to appear, the Court may either direct the security to be realized or commit him to the civil prison in execution of the decree. 1. Subs. by Act 3 of 1921, s. 2, for “will be discharged”. 2. Subs. by s. 2, ibid., for “shall release”

Title: Prohibition of arrest or detention of women in execution of decree for money

Description: Notwithstanding anything in this Part, the Court shall not order the arrest or detention in the civil prison of a woman in execution of a decree for the payment of money

Title: Subsistence-allowance

Description: The State Government may fix scales, graduated according to rank, race and nationality, of monthly allowances payable for the subsistence of judgment-debtors.

Title: Detention and release

Description: (1) Every person detained in the civil prison in execution of a decree shall be so detained, (a) where the decree is for the payment of a sum of money exceeding 1 [2 [five thousand rupees], for a period not exceeding three months, and,] 3[(b) where the decree is for the payment of a sum of money exceeding two thousand rupees, but not exceeding five thousand rupees, for a period not exceeding six weeks.] 4(1A) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that no order for detention of the judgmentdebtor in civil prison in execution of a decree for the payment of money shall be made, where the total amount of the decree does not exceed 5 [two thousand rupees.] (2) A judgment-debtor released from detention under this section shall not merely by reason of his release be discharged from his debt, but he shall not be liable to be re-arrested under the decree in execution of which he was detained in the civil prison. 1. Subs. by Act 104 of 1976, s. 22, for certain words (w.e.f. 1-2-1977). 2. Subs. by Act 46 of 1999, s. 5, "one thousand rupees" (w.e.f. 1-7-2002). 3. Subs. by s. 5, ibid., by clause (b) (w.e.f. 1-7-2002). 4. Ins. by Act 104 of 1976, s. 22 (w.e.f. 1-2-1977). 5. Subs. by Act 46 of 1999, s. 5, "five hundred rupees" (w.e.f. 1-7-2002).

Title: Release on ground of illness

Description: (1) At any time after a warrant for the arrest of a judgment-debtor has been issued the Court may cancel it on the ground of his serious illness. (2) Where a judgment-debtor has been arrested, the Court may release him if, in its opinion, he is not in a fit state of health to be detained in the civil prison. (3) Where a judgment-debtor has been committed to the civil prison, he may be released therefrom-- (a) by the State Government, on the ground of the existence of any infectious or contagious disease, or (b) by the committing Court, or any Court to which that Court is subordinate, on the ground of his suffering from any serious illness. (4) A judgment-debtor released under this section may be re-arrested, but the period of his detention in civil prison shall not in the aggregate exceed that prescribed by section 58.