492.(1) The Government may appoint, generally, or in any case, or for any specified class of cases, in any local area, one or more officers to be called Public Prosecutors.
(2) 1[The 2[District Magistrate] may, in the absence or the Public Prosecutor, or where no Public Prosecutor has been appointed, appoint any other person, not being an officer of police below such ranks as the Government may prescribe in this behalf to be Public Prosecutor for the purpose of any case.
The words "The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or the" were substituted for the comma and word ", the" by the Schedule of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 1976 (Ordinance No. LXXXVI of 1976)
The words “District Magistrate” were substituted for the words and commas “Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or the District Magistrate, or subject to the control of the District Magistrate, the Sub-divisional Magistrate” by section 87 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act No. XXXII of 2009) (with effect from 1st November, 2007).