Saturday 24 December 2022

Whether the court should acquit public servant in the case of Prevention of Corruption Act if the Complainant Dies or Turns Hostile?

 (f) In the event the complainant turns ‘hostile’, or has died or is unavailable to let in his evidence during trial, demand of illegal gratification can be proved by letting in the evidence of any other witness who can again let in evidence, either orally or by documentary evidence or the prosecution can prove the case by circumstantial evidence. The trial does not abate nor does it result in an order of acquittal of the accused public servant.

 76. Accordingly, the question referred for consideration of this Constitution Bench is answered as under:

In the absence of evidence of the complainant (direct/primary, oral/documentary evidence) it is permissible to draw an inferential deduction of culpability/guilt of a public servant under Section 7 and Section 13(1)(d) read with Section 13(2) of the Act based on other evidence adduced by the prosecution.

 In the Supreme Court of India

(Before S. Abdul Nazeer, B.R. Gavai, A.S. Bopanna, V. Ramasubramanian and B.V. Nagarathna, JJ.)

Criminal Appeal No. 1669 of 2009

Neeraj Dutta Vs  State (Govt. of N.C.T. of Delhi) 

Decided on December 15, 2022

Citation: 2022 SCC OnLine SC 1724

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