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Tina DU
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The FIR in criminal case is vital and valuable piece of evidence, though may not be substantive piece of evidence. Undoubtedly, the promptness in lodging the FIR is an assurance regarding truth of the informant’s version. A promptly lodged FIR reflects the first hand account of what has actually happened, and who was responsible for the offence in question.

‘Jai Prakash Singh v. State of Bihar & Anr.’,
2012 CRI.L.J.2101, the Supreme Court held :
“The FIR in criminal case is vital and valuable piece
of evidence though may not be substantive piece of
evidence. The object of insisting upon prompt lodging
of the FIR in respect of the commission of an offence
is to obtain early information regarding the
circumstances in which the crime was committed, the
names of actual culprits and the part played by them
as well as the names of eye-witnesses present at the
scene of occurrence. If there is a delay in lodging the
FIR, it looses the advantage of spontaneity, danger
creeps in of the introduction of coloured version,
exaggerated account or concocted story as a result of
large number of consultations/deliberations.
Undoubtedly, the promptness in lodging the FIR is an
assurance regarding truth of the informant’s version.
A promptly lodged FIR reflects the first hand account of what has actually happened, and who was
responsible for the offence in question.”