OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE CRIMINAL COURTS IN INQUIRIES AND TRIALS
B.-Conditions requisite for Initiation of Proceedings
Preliminary inquiry in certain cases
1[196B. In the case of any offence in respect of which the provisions of section 196 or section 196A apply, 2[ 3[***] a District Magistrate may, notwithstanding anything contained in those sections or in any other part of this Code, order a preliminary investigation by a police-officer not being below the rank of Inspector, in which case such police-officer shall have the powers referred to in section 155, sub-section (3).]
Section 196B was inserted by section 49 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 1923 (Act No. XVIII of 1923)
The words " the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or a District Magistrate" were substituted, for the letter and words "a District Magistrate" by section 2 and Schedule of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 1976 (Ordinance LXXXVI of 1976)
The words “the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or” were omitted by section 67 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act No. XXXII of 2009) (with effect from 1st November, 2007).