Magistrate can order investigation u/s 156 of crpc only when


 

Magistrate can order investigation u/s 156 of crpc only when prima facie offence is made out against accused

 
Sub-section (3) of Section 156 Cr. P.C, empowers Magistrate to order an investigation. Under Section 157(1), Cr. P.C. an officer in charge of a Police Station having reason to suspect the commission of an offence which he is empowered under Section 156, Cr.P.C. to investigate should send a report to the Magistrate empowered to take cognisance of the offence upon a Police reportand should proceed in person or depute one of his prescribed deputies to proceed to the spot to investigate under Section 157(1)(a) when the offender is named and if the case is not of a serious nature the officer need proceed in person or depute his subordinate. Under Section 157(1)(b) if it appears to such Police Officer that there is no sufficient ground for entering on an investigation he shall not investigate the case and the officer should inform the complainant under the prescribed manner. Thus, the Police Officer who is empowered to investigate on the information received by him of the commission of a cognizable offence can devoid whether there is no sufficient ground for entering into an investigation and if there is no sufficient ground he should not investigate the case. But once the Magistrate orders an investigation under Section 156(3), Cr. P.C. the Pol
 
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