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In cognizable offences, there should be no discretion of Police for registration of FIR, Karnataka HC in child pornography matter

Rintu Mariam Biju

While dealing with a petition regarding filming of child pornography in child care institutions, the Karnataka High Court today reiterated that when information is received regarding a cognizable offence, the police has no option but to register the First Information Report (FIR) immediately.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi noted that a circular dated March 3, 2020 had to be modified in this regard.

Further, three status reports regarding the investigation carried out by the CID were placed on record. The Court then directed the state to furnish another status report regarding the investigation conducted till April 18, for the next hearing. As the investigation was in progress, the Court said that it would not make any observations at this stage.

The Court also stated that for the next hearing, that it would go into certain other aspects such as implementation of Juvenile Justice Act, etc.

The matter will be next heard on April 21.

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