The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPc)
1[311A. Power of Magistrate to order person to give specimen signatures or handwriting.
If a Magistrate of the first class is satisfied that, for the purposes of any investigation or proceeding under this Code, it is expedient to direct any person, including an accused person, to give specimen signatures or handwriting, he may make an order to that effect and in that case the person to whom the order relates shall be produced or shall attend at the time and place specified in such order and shall give his specimen signatures or handwriting:
Provided that no order shall be made under this section unless the person has at some time been arrested in connection with such investigation or proceeding.]
Cr PC (Amendment) Act, 2005 (Notes on Clauses)
Section 311A has been inserted on the suggestions of the Supreme Court in a certain case that a suitable legislation be made on the analogy of section 5 of the Identification of Prisoners Act, 1980, to provide for the investiture of Magistrates with powers to issue directions to any person including an accused person to give specimen signatures and handwriting.
1. Ins. by Act 25 of 2005, sec. 27.