Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a criminal case registered?
- A crime case can be registered within the jurisdiction of a police station where the offence has occurred.
Can the police say 'no' to register a crime case?
- Refusal to record in First Information Report on the ground that the place of crime does not fall within the jurisdictions of the police station, amounts to dereliction of duty. Information about cognizable offence should be recorded and forwarded to the police station having jurisdiction.
Whether I have to sign the FIR, of a criminal case to be registered?
- Yes, the person giving information relating to the commission of a cognizable offence has to sign the FIR as per section 154(1) CrPC.
Whether I will get a copy of the FIR, registered on my compliant free of cost?
- Yes, a copy of the FIR shall be given to the informant free of cost as per section 154(2) CrPC.
Whether other than FIR, I have to put signature in a statement recorded by the police during investigation of the case?
- No statement made by any person to a police officer in the course of an investigation shall if reduced into writing, be signed by the person making it as per section 162 CrPC.
Whether police can summon a lady/girl to the police station?
- Section 160 CrPC authorizes a police officer making an investigation to require the attendance before himself of any person, who appears to be acquainted with the circumstance of the case, but no male under 15 years or woman shall be required to attend at any place other than place in which such male or women resides.
Whether I have to make some payment for report of a case?
- No payment is required to be given for any police service
How can I join police?
- A person can join the Kerala police in the following ways
- As a police constable, by passing the written examination, physical and medical test conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission.
- As a Sub Inspector, passing the written examination, physical, medical test and Interview conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission.
- As a Supdt. of Police by passing the various examination, physical test, medical test and Interview as part of the Civil Service conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
Can I send a complaint by email?
- Yes, a complaint can be send to the police through email
Can I give a complaint over phone?
- Some times, an information about the crime can be communicated to the police on the telephone or it may be conveyed by a telegram. As per law this sort of information is not FIR since it both lacks authenticity and it is not possible to obtain the signature of the informant.
Whether it is an offence to lodge a false report to the police?
- Lodging a false report to the police is made punishable under sections 182 and 211 IPC
Can the Court interfere in police investigation?
- The powers of the court to interfere at the stage of investigation by the police are indeed limited and the same should not overlap the other, except for bails, Habeas Corpus writ or a writ of Mandamus if the investigation be malafide.
For using loudspeakers for a public function from where I will get on sanction?
- Section 19(iv) of the Kerala Police Act 1960 prohibits or regulates the use of loud speakers in day at public place and in any private place if their use causes annoyance to neighbours. The sanction for use of loud speakers may be obtained from the concerned Circle Inspectors Office.