Law of Investigation into Cognizable Case

27 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2012

Date Written: January 20, 2012


This paper deals with the subject of investigation in cognizable cases.The relevant provision of law on the subject is section 156 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 which reads as under: (1) Investigation into cognizable cases. Any officer in charge of a police-station may, without the order of a Magistrate, investigate any cognizable case which a Court having jurisdiction over the local area within the limits of such station would have power to inquire into or try under the provisions of Chapter XV relating to the place of inquiry or trial. (2) No proceedings of a police officer in any such case shall at any stage be called in question on the ground that the case was one which such officer was not empowered under this section to investigate. (3) Any Magistrate, empowered under section 190 may order such an investigation as above mentioned. (4) Notwithstanding any thing contained in sub-section (1), (2), or (3) no police-officer shall investigate an offence under section 497 or 498 of the Pakistan Penal Code except upon a complaint made by the husband of the woman, or in his absence, by some person who had the care of such woman on his behalf at the time when such offence was committed.

Keywords: Any, officer in charge of a police-station, May, Investigate, cognizable case, Court, jurisdiction, local area, inquiry, try, proceedings

Suggested Citation

Mughal, Munir Ahmad, Law of Investigation into Cognizable Case (January 20, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Munir Ahmad Mughal (Contact Author)

Punjab University Law College ( email )

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