Gujarat HC: FIR Is A Public Document


The cops have a tendency to hide the FIR. I believe, if you don’t know what you are being charged with, how can you defend yourself?

This is a judgment from 1992.

Here is an excerpt: “whenever FIR is registered against the accused, a copy of it is forwarded to the Court under provisions of the Code; Thus it becomes a public document. Considering (1) the provisions of Art. 21 of the Constitution of India, (2) First Information Report is a public document in view of S. 74 of the Evidence Act; (3) Accused gets right as allegations are made against him under provisions of S. 76 of the Indian Evidence Act, and (4) FIR is a document to which S. 162 of the Code does not apply and is of considerable value as on that basis investigation commenced and that is the first version of the prosecution, as and when application is made by accused for a certified copy of the complaint, the Court to which it is forwarded should give certified copy of the FIR, if the application and legal fees thereof have been tendered for the same in the Court of law.”

Here is a judgment by the Gujarat High Court: FIR Is A Public Document



3 Responses to “Gujarat HC: FIR Is A Public Document”

  1. 1 L.N.Aggarwal July 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    can the accused be supplied a copy of the FIR before chargesheet is filed in the court.If the accused knows the false allegations, he can defend himself at the investigation stage rather facing trial of false charges.


    • 2 krishankmittal July 8, 2011 at 4:42 am

      seek copy through RTI. FIR is apublic document.Pl search this site for the judgement given by the CIC new delhi. Or bribe some body in the office of Judicial magistrate to obtain a copy of FIR as copies of all FIRs are sent to his office for record.


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