SC reiterates guiding principles for Appellate court’s while reversing acquittal orders

The Supreme Court (SC) in an appeal while dealing with the scope of interference by an appellate Court for reversing the trial court’s acquittal order, has laid down the following guiding principles – “(a) That the judgment of acquittal suffers from patent perversity; (b) That the same is based on a misreading/omission to consider material evidence on record; (c) That no two reasonable views are possible and only the view consistent with the guilt of the accused is possible from the evidence available on record.” The SC, while noting that the Appellate court failed to follow the abovementioned principle & instead went unto deciding the appeal as a court of first instance, reversed the appellate court’s order.