169. Release of accused when evidence deficient.

If, upon an investigation under this Chapter, it appears to the officer in charge of the police station that there is not sufficient, evidence or reasonable ground of suspicion to justify the forwarding of the accused to a Magistrate, such officer shall, if such person is in custody, release him on his executing a bond, with or without sureties, as such officer may direct, to appear, if and when so required, before a Magistrate empowered to take cognizance of the offence on a police report, and to try the accused or commit him for trial. 

Comments:
Magistrate took cognizance on police report and not on protest petition deemed to have taken cognizance under section 190(1)(b) is cannot be termed to be illegal;
Jabaruddin v State of Uttar Pradesh, 2000

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