NATIONAL COMPANY Vs. THE INSPECTOR OF POLICE
LAWS(MAD)-2019-10-1
HIGH COURT OF MADRAS
Decided on October 04,2019

National Company Appellant
VERSUS
The Inspector Of Police Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (1.) It is the grievance of the petitioner that the respondent police have been harassing his Company's employees and officials under the guise of an enquiry/investigation and hence, has invoked the inherent powers of this Court under Section 482 of Cr.P.C.
(2.) An enquiry into a non-cognizable offence or a cognizable offence is the unfettered powers of the Investigation Officers so long as the power to investigate/enquire into these offences are legitimately exercised within the frame work of Chapter XII of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Though the Code of Criminal Procedure empowers the Magistrate to be a guardian in all the stages of the police investigation, there is no power envisaging him to interfere with the actual investigation or the mode of investigation. It is in this background that numerous petitions complaining of harassment are being reported and filed before this Court seeking for directions to refrain the police officials from harassing the persons named in a complaint.
(3.) This Court, exercising its power under Section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code normally would not interfere with the investigation conducted by a police officer. Nevertheless, it would also not turn a blind eye to instances of harassment by the police under the guise of investigation is brought to its notice.;


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