Saturday, 1 June 2019

Basic concept of Stock witness

A Stock Witness is a person who is at the back and call of the police. He obliges police with this tailored testimony. Such a witness is used by the police in raid cases. Such witness are highly disfavoured by the judges.
Once it is proved that a certain witness examined by the prosecution is a stock witness of the police, the court would be justified in discarding his testimony. But that in itself is not enough to falsify the entire prosecution case. In such a case, it is the duty of the court to brush aside the testimony of the stock witness and to see if the remaining prosecution evidence is enough to sustain the conviction of the accused.
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