Magistrate cannot order investigation under Section 156 CrPC after taking cognisance under S. 200, Madras HC

Magistrate cannot order investigation under Section 156 CrPC after taking cognisance under S. 200, Madras HC

In a judgment passed on Thursday, the Madras High Court has reiterated that once a Magistrate has taken cognisance of a criminal offence under Section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) s/he cannot fall back on Section 156 (3), CrPC to direct the police to register an FIR.

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