What is the Procedure of Filing an F.I.R.?
The procedure of filing an FIR in India is as follows:
- Go to the nearest police station.
- Approach the duty officer or any other police officer and inform them that you want to file an FIR.
- The police officer will ask you for your personal information, such as your name, address, and contact details.
- The police officer will also ask you for the details of the crime that you are reporting, such as the date, time, and location of the crime, as well as the names and descriptions of the accused if known.
- The police officer will write down your statement and read it back to you to ensure that all the details are correct.
- Once you have verified the statement, you will be required to sign it.
- The police officer will then register the FIR and give you a copy of it free of charge.
It is important to note that the police cannot refuse to register an FIR, even if the crime is not cognizable (i.e., does not require a warrant for arrest). If the police officer refuses to register an FIR, you can file a complaint with the Superintendent of Police or the Magistrate.
Here are some additional tips for filing an FIR:
- Be prepared to provide as much information as possible about the crime, including the date, time, location, and names and descriptions of the accused.
- If you have any evidence of the crime, such as CCTV footage, photographs, or medical records, bring it with you to the police station.
- If you are unable to go to the police station yourself, you can ask a friend or family member to file the FIR on your behalf.
- If you are not satisfied with the way the police are handling your case, you can file a complaint with the Superintendent of Police or the Magistrate.
It is also important to note that you have the right to a lawyer at all stages of the criminal justice process. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the state will provide you with one free of charge.
Adcocate J.S. Rohilla (Civil & Criminal Lawyer in Indore)
Contact: 88271 22304