1. The Magistrate dismissed the complaint under Section 203 and the Sessions Judge after notice to accused and hearing them ordered further enquiry. On this the Magistrate, without taking any further evidence appears to have issued a notice under Section 204. Two points are raised on this viz., (1) that the Sessions Judge's action in issuing a notice to the accused was illegal, and (2) that the further enquiry must be still under Chap. XVI.
2. As to the first point a Full Bench of this Court has held that accused persons have no locus standi in enquiries under Chap. XVI. This principle is, to my mind equally applicable when the order in such an enquiry is under revision either in the Sessions Court or in this Court. The Sessions Judge's action in issuing notice to accused was, therefore, improper, if not illegal. As to the second point the Sessions Judge does not say whether the further enquiry is under Chap. XVI or Chap. XVII. While the Magistrate's action in issuing notice straightaway under Section 284 without any evidence being added to the evidence which he had already rejected may not be illegal; it is very undesirable. The Code evidently intends that the further enquiry should be in order to see whether a notice under Section 204 should not issue, i.e., it is still an enquiry under Chap. XVI. I think the position should now be made regular and that the enquiry should continue as one under Chap. XVI until the Magistrate is himself satisfied that a notice should go under Section 204.
3. I rule that the enquiry now going on is an enquiry under Chap. XVI and that the notice issued under Section 204 be cancelled.