SUPREME COURT OF INDIA – REGISTRATION OF FIR IS MANDATORY IF THE INFORMATION GIVEN TO THE POLICE DISCLOSES THE COMMISSION OF A COGNIZABLE OFFENCE
Date of Judgement: 06.01.2017 :
What is necessary is only that the information given to the police must disclose the commission of a cognizable offence, in such a situation, registration of an FIR is mandatory. However, if no cognizable offence is made out in the information given, then the FIR need not be registered immediately and perhaps the police can conduct a sort of preliminary verification or inquiry for the limited purpose of ascertaining as to whether a cognizable offence has been committed. But, if the information given clearly mentions the commission of a cognizable offence, there is no other option but to register an FIR forthwith. Other considerations are not relevant at the stage of registration of FIR, such as, whether the information is falsely given, whether the information is genuine, whether the information is credible, etc. At the stage of registration of FIR, what is to be seen is merely whether the information given ex facie discloses the commission of a cognizable offence.
[Para 8 Of The Judgement]
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