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190. Cognizance of offences by Magistrates.

  1. Except as hereinafter provided, [any District Magistrate or a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or any other Magistrate specially empowered in this behalf] by the Provincial Government on the recommendation of High Court may take cognizance of any offence:


(a) upon receiving a complaint of facts which constitute such offence;

(b) upon a report in writing of such facts made by any police-officer;


(c) upon information received from any person other than a police-officer, or upon his own knowledge or suspicion that such offence has been committed.


[(2) The Provincial Government may empower any Magistrate to take cognizance under sub-section (1), clause (a) or clause (b), of offences for which he may try or send to the Court of Session for trial:


Provided that in case of Judicial Magistrate, the Provincial Government shall exercise this power on the recommendations of the High Court.]


[(3) A Magistrate taking cognizance under sub-section (1) of an offence triable exclusively by a Court of Session shall, without recording any evidence, send the case to Court of Session for trial.

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