Section 228 in The Code of Criminal Procedure

Title: Framing of charge

Description: (1) If, after such consideration and hearing as aforesaid, the Judge is of opinion that there is ground for presuming that the accused has committed an offence which-- (a) is not exclusively triable by the Court of Session, he may, frame a charge against the accused and, by order, transfer the case for trial to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, 1 [or any other Judicial Magistrate of the first class and direct the accused to appear before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, or, as the case may be, the Judicial Magistrate of the first class, on such date as he deems fit, and thereupon such Magistrate] shall try the offence in accordance with the procedure for the trial of warrant-cases instituted on a police report; (b) is exclusively triable by the Court, he shall frame in writing a charge against the accused. (2) Where the Judge frames any charge under clause (b) of sub-section (1), the charge shall be read and explained to the accused and the accused shall be asked whether he pleads guilty of the offence charged or claims to be tried. STATE AMENDMENTS Chhattisgarh. In sub-section (2) of section 228 of the Principal Act, after the word “to the accused” the following shall be added, namely:-- "present in person of through the medium of electronic video linkage and being represented by his pleader in the Court." [Vide Chhattisgarh Act 13 of 2006, s. 4.] 1. Subs. by Act 25 of 2005, s. 22, for certain words (w.e.f. 23-6-2006).

Title: Conviction on plea of guilty

Description: If the accused pleads guilty, the Judge shall record the plea and may, in his discretion, convict him thereon.

Title: Date for prosecution evidence

Description: If the accused refuses to plead, or does not plead, or claims to be tried or is not convicted under section 229, the Judge shall fix a date for the examination of witnesses, and may, on the application of the prosecution, issue any process for compelling the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or other thing.

Title: Evidence for prosecution

Description: (1) On the date so fixed, the Judge shall proceed to take all such evidence as may be produced in support of the prosecution. (2) The Judge may, in his discretion, permit the cross-examination of any witness to be deferred until any other witness or witnesses have been examined or recall any witness for further cross-examination.

Title: Acquittal

Description: If, after taking the evidence for the prosecution, examining the accused and hearing the prosecution and the defence on the point, the Judge considers that there is no evidence that the accused committed the offence, the Judge shall record an order of acquittal.