Sadhu Saran Singh vs State of U.P. - Supreme Court

 Sadhu Saran Singh vs State of U.P. - Supreme Court Important Judgment 2016 - 

 

On 26th February, 2016, in the case of Sadhu Saran Singh vs State of U.P. and Ors. [Criminal Appeal Nos. 1467-1468 of 2005], it was held that the entire case cannot be derailed “on the mere ground of absence of independent witness as long as the evidence of the eyewitness, though interested, is trustworthy.” The Bench held that “as far as the non-examination of any other independent witness is concerned, there is no doubt that the prosecution has not been able to produce any independent witness. But, the prosecution case cannot be doubted on this ground alone. In these days, civilized people are generally insensitive to come forward to give any statement in respect of any criminal offence. Unless it is inevitable, people normally keep away from the Court as they feel it distressing and stressful. Though this kind of human behaviour is indeed unfortunate, but it is a normal phenomena. We cannot ignore this handicap of the investigating agency in discharging their duty.”

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