Conviction Based on Oral Testimonies Provided by Interested Parties Not Sustainable: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (‘SC’) stating “in case of …. evidence which is partly reliable and partly unreliable….. the court is required to be circumspect and separate the chaff from the grain, and seek further corroboration from reliable testimony, direct or circumstantial” acquitted the appellants, accused under Sec. 302 of Indian Penal Code, 1860. The SC held that the appellants are entitled to the benefit of the doubt because the delay in filing the First Information Report (‘FIR’) couldn’t be explained.