Magistrate cannot order investigation under Section 156 CrPC after taking cognisance under S. 200, Madras HC

Meera Emmanuel August 10 2019

In a judgment passed on Thursday, the Madras High Court has reiterated that once a Magistrate has taken cognisance of a criminal offence under Section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) s/he cannot fall back on Section 156 (3), CrPC to direct the police to register an FIR.

As clarified in the order passed by Justice N Anand Venkatesh in the case of N Amsaveni v R . . .

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