go scot-free

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go scot-free

To escape punishment for a crime or wrongdoing; to be acquitted of charges for a crime. Mark's wealthy senator uncle influenced the jury, and he ended up going scot-free. My younger sister caused endless trouble as a child, but because she was the baby of the house, she usually went scot-free.

go scot-free

 and get off scot-free
to go unpunished; to be acquitted of a crime. (This scot is an old word meaning "tax" or "tax burden.") The thief went scot-free. Jane cheated on the test and got caught, but she got off scot-free.

get off/go ˌscot-ˈfree

(informal) escape from a situation without receiving the punishment you deserve: It seemed so unfair that she was punished while the others got off scot-free!This idiom comes from the old English word sceot, meaning a ‘tax’. People were scot-free if they didn’t have to pay the tax.
See also: get, off
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Those responsible for exodus from Bangalore will not go scott free," Singh told the media here.
He said that the perpetrator go scott free despite the efforts by the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) to put a check.
Concept of broadening tax net does not seem to be taking off and the entire burden of the revenue remains on salaried people and the business community and that too only on a microscopic minority who maintain their books of Accounts while the rest go scott free.
Fouzia said that there were many flaws in our legal system due to which merely 20 percent of the terrorists were punished, while the remaing 80 percent go scott free.