Contents of Charge is defined under Section 211 of CRPC 1973.
this section is:
211 of CRPC
"Contents of Charge"
Every charge under this Code shall state the offence
with which the accused is charged.
(2) If the law which creates the offence gives it
any specific name, the offence may be described in
the charge by that name only.
(3) If the law which creates the offence does not
give it any specific name, so much of the definition
of the offence must be stated as to give the accused
notice of the matter with which he is charged.
(4) The law and section of the law against which the
offence is said to have been committed shall be
mentioned in the charge.
(5) The fact that the charge is made is equivalent
to a statement that every legal condition required
by law to constitute the offence charged was
fulfilled in the particular case.
(6) The charge shall be written in the language of
(7) If the accused, having been previously convicted
of any offence, is liable, by reason of such
previous conviction, to enhanced punishment, or to
punishment of a different kind, for a subsequent
offence, and it is intended to prove such previous
conviction for the purpose of affecting the
punishment which the Court may think fit to award
for the subsequent offence, the fact, date and place
of the previous conviction shall be stated in the
charge; and if such statement has been omitted, the
Court may add it at any time before sentence is
(a) A is charged with the murder of B.This is
equivalent to a statement that A's act fell within
the definition of murder given in section 299 and
300 of the Indian Penal Code(45 of 1860); that it
did not fall within any of the general exceptions of
the said Code; and that it did not fall within any
of the five exceptions to section 300, or that, if
it did fall within Exception 1, one or other of the
three provisos to that exception applied to it.
(b) A is charged under section 326 of the Indian
Penal Code(45 of 1860) with voluntarily causing
grievous hurt to B by means of an instrument for
shooting.This is equivalent to a statement that the
case was not provided for by section 335 of the said
Code, and that the general exceptions did not apply
(c) A is accused of murder, cheating, theft,
extortion, adultery or criminal intimidation, or
using a false property-mark.The charge may state
that A committed murder, or cheating, or theft, or
extortion, or adultery, or criminal intimidation, or
that he used a false property-mark, without
reference to the definitions of those crime
contained in the Indian Penal Code(45 of 1860); but
the sections under which the offence is punishable
must, in each instance, be referred to in the
(d) A is charged under section 184 of the Indian
Penal Code(45 of 1860) with intentionally
obstructing a sale of property offered for sale by
the lawful authority of a public servant.The charge
should be in those words.
212.Particulars as to time, place and person.-
(1) The charge shall contain such particulars as to
the time and place of the alleged offence, and the
person (if any) against whom, or the thing (if any)
in respect of which, it was committed, as are
reasonably sufficient to give the accused notice of
the matter with which he is charged.
(2) When the accused is charged with criminal breach
of trust or dishonest misappropriation of money or
other movable property, it shall be sufficient to
specify the gross sum or, as the case may be,
describe the movable property in respect of which
the offence is alleged to have been committed, and
the dates between which the offence is alleged to
have been committed, without specifying particular
items or exact dates, and the charge so framed shall
be deemed to be a charge of one offence within the
meaning of section 219:
Provided that the time included between the first
and last of such dates shall not exceed one year.