There is no statutory provision available which can compel an Investigating Officer to file the
charge sheet within a reasonable time period. Meanwhile you can avail the following remedies
An application can be made privately to the Magistrate under section 156 (3) of Cr.P.C. Under this
Section, the magistrate can order the officer to complete the investigation and to conduct the sam
An application can also be made to the Supritendant of Police of the police station requesting him
to file the charge sheet as soon as possible and asking the reasons for such delay.
You can also file a writ petition before the High Court under section 482 of Cr.P.C and request the
High Court to use its inherent powers to hear you case. Under this Section the High Court has the
power to and examine the circumstances and give an order to the Police to ensure speedy disposal
of a case. The only concern is that under this Section 482 of the Act, the High Court must be
satisfied that the provisions of the Code will ineffective or that the process of any court would be
abused or that the ends of justice would not be secured. Only when the High Court is satisfied on
these points will it excersize its power under Section Section 482 of this Code. It is therefore
advised that you must try to file a compliant under Section 156(3) of the Code before appearing
before the High Court.