Police is liable for contempt of court for not investigaing case as per direction issued by Magistrate u/s 156 of Crpc
Here is a case where inspite of specific directions by the learned Metropolitan Magistrate to submit the charge-sheet or report as expeditiously as possible and inspite of the fact that no investigation was carried out after 27th August, 2000, and the matter was just kept pending with the police authorities, no justification has been tendered for delay and there is no sign of remorse and repentance for such an act on the part of the Respondent No.1, and therefore, certainly warrants punishment for non-compliance of the said order under the Contempt of Courts Act.
Bombay High Court
Mr. Vinay Asharam Rathi, A ... vs Mr. M.S. Rao, The Senior Inspector ... on 23 January, 2003