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Vishal Gupta (lawyer)     11 June 2012

What is charge sheet?


The concept of charge sheet is derived from criminal law. Under the criminal procedure code the Magistrate frames the charges. In case of investigations made by the police, in terms of Sec.173 of Code of Criminal Procedure the officer in-charge of the police station shall forward a report in the form prescribed to the Magistrate empowered to take cognisance of the offence. The magistrate can discharge the accused person, if on consideration of the document, the charge is deemed groundless. Otherwise the magistrate is to frame the charge. In disciplinary inquiries in public and private employment the disciplinary authority frames such a charge, if he thinks fit to do so.


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