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appoint a Public Prosecutor and may also appoint one or more Additional Public Prosecutor for conducting in such court. as the case may be.  (2) The Central Government may appoint one or more Public Prosecutors for the purpose of conducting any case or class of cases in any district. the Central Government or the State Government shall. after consultation with the High Court.(Section 2(u) of the CrPC)  (1) For every High Court. appeal or other proceeding on behalf of the Central Government or State Government.  (3) For every districts the State Government shall appoint a Public Prosecutor and may also appoint one or more Additional Public Prosecutors for the district . or local area. any prosecution. and includes any person acting under the directions of a public prosecutor."Public prosecutor" means any person appointed under section 24.

prepare. in his opinion fit to be appointed as Public Prosecutor or Additional Public Prosecutors for the district. who are. the State Government shall appoint a Public Prosecutor or an Additional Public Prosecutor only from among the persons constituting. a panel of names of persons. such Cadre:   . where in a State there exists a regular Cadre of Prosecuting Officers. in consolation with the Sessions Judge. The District Magistrate shall. (6) Not withstanding anything contained in subsection (5). (5) No person shall be appointed by the State Government as the Public Prosecutor or Additional Public Prosecutor for the district unless his name appears in the panel of names prepared by the District Magistrate under sub-section (4).

(9) For the purposes of sub-section (7) and sub-section (8). is a pleader. by whatever name called. A person shall be eligible to be appointed as a public Prosecutor under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) or subsection (3) or sub-section (6). a person who has been in practice as an advocate for not less than ten years as a Special Public Prosecutor. the period during which a person has been in practice. shall be deemed to be the period during which such person has been in practice as an advocate. for the purposes of any case or class of cases.]   . or has rendered (whether before or after the commencement of this Code) service as a Public Prosecutor or as an Additional Public Prosecutor or Assistant Public Prosecutor or other Prosecuting Officer. (8) The Central Government or the State Government may appoint. only if he has been in practice as an advocate for not less than seven years.

A Public Prosecutor represents the State and is to function in the interest of the administration of justice.  A Public Prosecutor whatever may be his category cannot appear against the State in any criminal proceeding including complaint cases. It is no part of his obligation to secure conviction of an accused in any event or at all costs.  Public Prosecutor is bound by law and professional ethics and by his role as an officer of Court to employ only fair means.  .The functions of the Public Prosecutor relates to a public purpose entrusting him with the responsibility of acting only in the interest of administration of justice.

S Narayanan Nayar v State of Kerala . K.