Mere Presence of Friends/Relatives in Second Marriage doesn’t Prove Common Intention for Offence of Bigamy: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (SC) in an appeal held that the only person who may be charged with bigamy, a crime punishable under Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code, 1882, is the person engaging in the second marriage. The SC further, observed that the appellants must demonstrate not only that they have attended a bigamous wedding but also that the defendants have committed an overt act or omission indicating their common intention to engage in bigamy.