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'Can be issued even without prior Summons': Karnataka High Court on matter of search warrant

Lawstreet Journal 28 Jan 2021 7:49pm

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Karnataka High Court said that a search warrant can be issued in terms of section 93(1)(c) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 without issuing summons under Section 91. 


It is not required under all circumstances to issue summons prior to issuance of a search warrant,” Justice Suraj Govindaraj said.

SDPI had sought the quashing of an order passed on August 3, 2020 by the 44th Additional City Civil & Sessions Judge, Bengaluru for issuing warrants to search under Section 93 of CrPC & consequent mahazars carried out in pursuance of the search at various offices.

According to SDPI, the Sessions Court ought to have considered that a notice under Section 91 to produce necessary documents or record statements would have sufficed under the circumstances of the case. Despite its representatives cooperating with Central Crime Branch (CCB) officers, the search was conducted just to defame it, it alleged.


CCB informed the court that the case is now being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) & that the petitioner’s request for return of seized items has already been turned down by a special court for NIA cases on October 27, 2020 & the same has neither been challenged nor disclosed before this Court.

There is no mandatory requirement for issuance of notice under Section 91(1) of CrPC before issuance of a search warrant under Section 93 & the search has been carried out in accordance with law,” it added.


The searches were conducted in connection with the East Bengaluru violence case of August… Continue Reading...

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