Persons with vested interests may pass off civil cases as criminal complaints, Magistrates should be careful: Madras High Court

"In cases of civil nature and where the police do not entertain the complaint, persons with vested interest and with some oblique motive, rushes to the criminal Court and files a petition under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C..."
Persons with vested interests may pass off civil cases as criminal complaints, Magistrates should be careful: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court recently made pertinent observations about civil cases being passed off as criminal cases by "persons with vested interests" (P Pitchiyappan v. Karpagam and ors).

In doing so, the Court has cautioned that magistrates are duty-bound to examine whether the allegations made constitute any cognizable criminal offence before ordering investigation under Section 156 (3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

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