New Delhi: Concerned over the misuse of non-bailable warrants by policemen, the Supreme Court has issued a series of guidelines and asked courts to desist from prolonging the execution of warrants.

"Ordinarily, the courts should not give a long time for return or execution of warrants, as experience has shown that warrants are prone to misuse if they remain in control of executing agencies for long," a bench of justices D K Jain and H L Dattu said in ajudgement.

The bench said that every court must maintain a register and enter each warrant chronologically, with the serial number of such entry reflected on the top right of the document.

"All the High Courts shall ensure that the subordinate courts use printed and machine numbered Form No 2 for issuing warrant of arrest and each such form is duly accounted for," the bench said, adding that all these guidelines should be put into practice within six months.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by a Mumbai-based lawyer, seeking action against the police officials for misusing non-bailable warrants issued against him by a lower court.

The lawyer, R D Bhasin, said that he was arrested by the police officials despite the warrant being cancelled by the court.