S 190/200-204 CrPC – Complaint To Magistrate – Procedure Summarized

  1. A person can file a complaint alleging any offence.
  2. The Magistrate has three options (a) take cognizance (b) if it is a cognizable offence, direct police investigation (c) Reject complaint at threshold if no offence made out.
  3. If he proceeds to take cognizance, he has to follow S 200 And/Or 202 steps –
  4. If there are no sufficient grounds to proceed, he has to dismiss the complaint u/S 203
  5. If sufficient ground to proceed against the accused are there, he can issue process to the accused u/S 204.

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