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“Witnesses becoming hostile cannot be ignored or pardoned” :Bombay HC while acquitting the accused in a murder case [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 9 Feb 2021 8:08pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “Witnesses becoming hostile cannot be ignored or pardoned” :Bombay HC  while acquitting the accused in a murder case [READ JUDGMENT]

The divisional bench of Justice B.U. Debadwar and Justice Ravindra V. Ghuge of the Bombay High court while acquitting the accused in a murder case called out the prosecution and remarked “the prosecution has conducted the trial in a casual and halfhearted manner.” The court further directed legal action against the hostile witnesses calling the problem of witnesses turning hostile “cancerous” to the justice system.

Facts of the Matter:

The deceased and the accused were married. Both used to quarrel over some agricultural land which was in the name of the deceased. They had five daughters and one son. All the daughters are married. An agricultural land admeasuring about 3 to 4 acres was in the name and in the possession of the deceased.

Because of his constant quarrels with the appellant, he was intending to donate it to any religious trust/ Devasthan or a person, who would maintain him during his old age. This was said to be a primary reason for the quarrels between the couple.

On 10.10.2013, early in the morning the deceased Ganpat Landge was found dead in his house, which was alleged to be an unnatural death. The accused went to the police station with her son and made the statement that she killed her husband. The police went to the scene and collected all the evidence including the stone and plank which was used to strike the deceased and sent the body to postmortem. 

After evaluation of the evidence, medical report of the deceased and multiple testimonies of witnesses… Continue Reading...

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