What is Report of police officer on completion of
investigation? Section 173of Code of Criminal Procedure 1973
Report of police officer on completion of investigation is
defined under Section 173 of CRPC 1973. Provisions under these
Section 173 of CRPC "Report of police officer on
completion of investigation"
(1) Every investigation under this Chapter shall be completed
without unnecessary delay.
(2) (i) As soon as it is completed, the officer in charge of
the police station shall forward to a Magistrate empowered to
take cognizance of the offence on a police report, a report in
the form prescribed by the State Government, stating -
(a) the names of the parties;
(b) the nature of the information;
(c) the names of the persons who appear to be acquainted with
the circumstances of the case;
(d) whether any offence appears to have been committed and, if
so, by whom;
(e) whether the accused has been arrested;
(f) whether he has been released on his bond and, if so, whether
with or without sureties;
(g) whether he has been forwarded in custody under section 170.
(ii) The officer shall also communicate, in such manner as may
be prescribed by the State Government, the action taken by him,
to the person, if any, by whom the information relating to the
commission of the offence was first given.
(3) Where a superior officer of police has been appointed under
section 158, the report shall, in any case in which the State
Government by general or special order so directs, be submitted
through that officer, and he may, pending the orders of the
Magistrate, direct the officer in charge of the police station
to make further investigation.
(4) Whenever it appears from a report forwarded under this
section that the accused has been released on his bond, the
Magistrate shall make such order for the discharge of such bond
or otherwise as he thinks fit.
(5) When such report is in respect of a case to which section
170 applies, the police officer shall forward to the Magistrate
along with the report-
(a) all documents or relevant extracts thereof on which the
prosecution proposes to rely other than those already sent to
the Magistrate during investigation;
(b) the statements recorded under section 161 of all the persons
whom the prosecution proposes to examine as its witnesses.
(6) If the police officer is of opinion that any part of any
such statement is not relevant to the subject-matter of the
proceedings or that its disclosure to the accused is not
essential in the interest of justice and is inexpedient in the
public interest, he shall indicate that part of the statement
and append a note requesting the Magistrate to exclude that part
from the copies to be granted to the accused and stating his
reasons for making such request.
(7) Where the police officer investigating the case finds it
convenient so to do, he may furnish to the accused copies of all
or any of the documents referred to in sub-section (5).
(8) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to preclude further
investigation in respect of an offence after a report under
sub-section (2) has been forwarded to the Magistrate and, where
upon such investigation, the officer in charge of the police
station obtains further evidence, oral or documentary, he shall
forward to the Magistrate a further report or reports regarding
such evidence in the form prescribed; and the provisions of
sub-sections (2) to (6) shall, as far as may be, apply in
relation to such report or reports as they apply in relation to
a report forwarded under sub-section (2).