320. Compounding of offences. – (1) The offences punishable under the sections of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860), specified in the first two columns of the Table next following may be compounded by the persons mentioned in the third column of that Table :-
(1)[* * *] When the case is of the nature referred to in clause (i) or clause (ii) of sub-section (3) of section 174], the nearest Magistrate empowered to hold inquests shall, and in any other case mentioned in sub-section (1) of section 174, any Magistrate so empowered may hold an inquiry into the cause of death either instead of, or in addition to, the investigation held by the police officer; and if he does so, he shall have all the powers in conducting it which he would have in holding an inquiry into an offence.
The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),1973 is a procedural law which came into force on 1 April 1974.
There are 37 Chapters, 484 Sections, and two Schedules. Ist Schedule has contains classification of the offenses and in the Second Schedules, several forms have been included. Criminal Procedure code, 1973 extends to the whole of India.