FIR – whether sufficient proof of loss?

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    Is FIR sufficient proof of any loss?

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    No. FIR is only the starting point of a criminal case. It sets the criminal law in motion. Investigation is conducted on the basis of the FIR given by the informant / complainant. Loss mentioned in the FIR may only be as per the version of the complainant, which may not always be correct and truthful. Sometimes, it may be exaggerated and may even be false.

    After a thorough investigation, the police tries to find out the truth in the allegations mentioned in the FIR and collects evidence, if any, to support the allegations made in FIR. Depending on evidence that becomes available during the investigation to support the allegations contained in the FIR, police may file charge sheet. Sometimes, after investigation, the allegations made in the FIR may be found to be false also, in which case a closure report is filed by police.

    In fact, even the charge sheet may not contain the conclusive proof, including proof of the loss, if any. Ultimately, the contents of the charge sheet are also required to be proved in the trial stage by leading evidence.

    Therefore, FIR is not the sufficient or conclusive proof of loss, if any, mentioned therein.


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