Difference between Inquiry and Investigation

  1. Inquiry is a process which is brought in motion for the purpose of clearing a doubt, enhancing knowledge or finding a solution to a problem
  2. An inquiry shall be conducted by a Magistrate or Court.
  3. The object of an Inquiry is to determine the truth.
  4. An Inquiry is a Judicial proceeding.


  1. Investigation is a formal process to get to facts and truth.
  2. Investigation is conducted by a Police Officer or any person other than a Magistrate or Court.
  3. The main object of an investigation is the collection of evidence.
  4. An Investigation is an executive proceeding.




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