Punjab and Haryana High Court
Punjab and Haryana High Court

FIR a must when a cognizable offence is disclosed, but arrest of accused should not be automatic: Punjab and Haryana High Court

"There is no reason that there should be any discretion or option left with the Police to register or not to register an FIR when information is given about commission of a cognizable offence", the Court said.

The Punjab & Haryana High Court has reiterated the principle of law that the registration of an FIR is mandatory when a complaint discloses a cognizable offence. (Hitesh Bhardwaj v. State of Punjab)

The principle was famously laid down in Lalita Kumari v. Government of Uttar Pradesh.

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