There is no distinction between the service as contemplated by Section 126 (2) and a summons referred to in this section. It is a mildest form of process and has to be issued in writing, in duplicate and duly signed by the presiding officer of the Court. It should also bear the seal of the Court. Schedule II of the Code provides different forms of summons that can be issued. They should contain particulars or the place and time when the offence was committed as also the nature of the offence.
A summons must specify the title of the Court, the date, time and place when the attendance of the person summoned is required. In absence of these essential particulars, the proceedings taken against the person summoned shall be invalid.
Where a person was summoned to appear before a Court at 10 a.m. on a particular date and he attended the Court at the appointed date and time, but finding the Magistrate absent, he went away after waiting for few minutes. Held, in the circumstances he was bound to wait for reasonable time and that staying there only for few minutes was not sufficient.