CrPC Section 66: Service on Government Servants – Code of Criminal Procedure

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CrPC Section 66: Service on Government Servants

This section deals with the procedure for serving summons, warrants, and other legal documents on government servants.

Explanation:

Section 66 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) outlines the method of serving legal documents on government servants.

  • When a government servant is stationed within the jurisdiction of the court, the document can be served by:
    • Delivering it to the government servant personally.
    • Leaving it at his/her usual place of residence or office with some adult member of the family or with a responsible person at the office.
  • When a government servant is stationed outside the jurisdiction of the court, the document can be served by:
    • Sending it through registered post with acknowledgment due.
    • Delivering it to the head of the department or office to which the government servant is attached.

Illustration:

A police officer is investigating a case and needs to summon a government official residing within the jurisdiction of the court. The police officer can personally deliver the summons to the official or leave it at his office with a responsible person.

Common Questions and Answers:

Q: Can a summons be served on a government servant’s family member?

A: Yes, if the government servant is absent, the summons can be served on a responsible member of the family at his/her usual place of residence.

Q: What happens if the government servant is on leave?

A: The summons can be served on the government servant’s immediate superior or the head of the department to which the government servant is attached.

Q: Can a government servant refuse to receive a summons?

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A: No, a government servant cannot refuse to receive a summons. Doing so would be considered contempt of court.

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