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Whether dying declaration will not be admissible merely because magistrate did not record it in form of questions and answers?

    Nor    would    a    dying
          declaration go bad merely because
          the magistrate did not record it
          in  the  form  of  questions  and
          answers.  It  is  axiomatic  that
          what matters is the substance and
          not the form. Questions put to
          the dying   man would have been
          formal  and  hence   the  answers
          given    are  material.  Criminal
          courts   may evince interest in
          knowing the contents of what the
          dying   person   said   and   the
          questions put to him are not very
          important  normally. That part of
          the statement which relates    to
          the    circumstances    of    the
          transaction which resulted in his
          death  gets   the   sanction   of
          admissibility.    Here   it    is
          improper  to throw such statement
          overboard on a pedantic premix
          that it was not recorded in the


          form of questions and answers.
          (Vide  Ganpat  Mahadeo  Mane  v.
          State of Maharashtra (1993 Supp
          (2) SCC 242)).
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KERALA AT ERNAKULAM

PRESENT:

THE HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE M.SASIDHARAN NAMBIAR
&
THE  HONOURABLE MR.JUSTICE  P.BHAVADASAN

TUESDAY, THE 3RD DAY OF JULY 2012

CRL.A.No. 108 of 2009 


         BIJU @ JOSEPH
      
Vs
         STATE OF KERALA
         
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