199. All persons appearing before the High Court (under a commitment for trial or in pursuance of bail so to appear) against whom charges are preferred by or at the instance of the Public Prosecutor shall, unless the contrary is shown, be deemed to have been brought before the Court in due course of law, and, subject to this Code, shall be tried upon the charges so preferred.
—(1) When a copy of the record of any committal hearing before a Magistrate’s Court has been transmitted to the Public Prosecutor as required by section 188, the Public Prosecutor, if he is of the opinion that no further proceedings should be taken in the case, may make an order in writing, signed by himself, directing the accused to be discharged from the matter of the charge and, if the accused is in custody, from further detention upon the charge.
(2) The Public Prosecutor shall send such order to the Magistrate’s Court by which the accused was committed or held to bail and thereupon that Court shall cause the accused to be brought before it and discharged and shall record the order and the discharge made on it upon the proceedings.
(3) The powers given to the Public Prosecutor by this section shall be exercised only by him.
—(1) Whenever the Public Prosecutor is of the opinion that a criminal offence is disclosed by the record and that further proceedings should be taken against the accused and that the evidence taken is sufficient to afford a foundation for a full and proper trial, he shall, by his fiat in writing signed by himself, designate the court, whether the High Court, a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court, before which the case shall be placed for trial and shall order the record of the case to be transmitted to the court so designated.
(2) Such fiat shall be filed with and form part of the record of the case.
—(1) If the court so designated is the High Court, the Public Prosecutor shall, with his fiat, send to the Magistrate’s Court a signed charge as required by section 123(7) which shall be annexed to and form part of the record.
(2) The Magistrate’s Court shall forthwith serve a copy of that charge on the accused.
—(1) If the court so designated is other than the High Court, the accused and his sureties shall, if he is at large on bail, be served with a copy of the fiat and thereupon the bail of the accused shall be taken to refer to the court named in the fiat in the same manner as if that court had been the High Court.
(2) If the accused is detained in prison, the court shall cause a copy of the fiat to be left with the officer in charge of the prison who shall make and deliver a copy of it to the accused and shall produce the prisoner for trial accordingly.
(3) Any fiat made under this section shall be subject to any order made by the High Court under section 239.
—(1) If the court designated by the fiat of the Public Prosecutor for the trial of the accused is a court other than the High Court, that court shall cause notices to that effect to be served on the witnesses who have been bound over to appear and give evidence.
(2) Thereupon the bail bond given by or for those witnesses shall be taken to refer to the court and time named in the notice in the same manner as if they had been bound over to appear and give evidence at that court and time, and the witnesses shall be legally bound to attend at the time appointed by that court for the trial of the case.
205. If the Public Prosecutor has by his fiat designated the High Court for the trial of the accused, he may nevertheless by subsequent fiat addressed to the High Court designate some other court for the trial, and sections 201(2), 203 and 204 shall then take effect as if the previous fiat had not been issued.
206. Before ordering the record of the committal hearing to be forwarded to the court of trial, the Public Prosecutor shall, if it appears to him necessary or expedient to do so, alter or redraw the charge or frame an additional charge or additional charges against the accused having regard to the regulations made under this Code as to the form of charges.
207. Every Magistrate’s Court shall, whenever required to do so by the Public Prosecutor, immediately transmit to the Public Prosecutor the proceedings in any case in which a committal hearing has been or is being held before the Court and thereupon the hearing shall be suspended in the like manner as upon an adjournment of it.
—(1) The Public Prosecutor, upon the proceedings in any case being transmitted to him under section 207, may give such instructions with regard to the committal hearing to which those proceedings relate as he considers requisite, and thereupon the Magistrate shall carry into effect, subject to this Code, those instructions and shall conduct and conclude the committal hearing in accordance with the terms of those instructions.
(2) The powers given to the Public Prosecutor by section 207 and this section shall be exercised only by him.