New Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI): The Supreme Court has held that a person can be convicted even on the basis of an uncorroborated testimony of a single witness who is "credible".
"As a general rule, a court can and may act on the testimony of a single witness though uncorroborated. One credible witness outweighs the testimony of a number of other witnesses of indifferent character," a bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and Mukundkam Sharma observed.
The apex court said that unless corroboration is insisted upon by a statute, courts should not insist on corroboration.
"Whether corroboration of the testimony of a single witness is or is not necessary, must depend upon facts and circumstances of each case and no general rule can be laid," the bench said.
The apex court passed the observation while dismissing the appeal filed by Ravi challenging his conviction in a murder case.
Ravi, who was convicted for the murder of Albert Walter at R C Street in Kanyakumari contended that his conviction by the sessions court was erroneous as it was done on the basis of a single witness.
According to Ravi, the entire conviction rested on the testimony of a sole witness Robert Victor Singh brother of the deceased, which, he said, was also not corroborated by other evidence.
The sessions court and the Madras High Court both rejected his plea following which he appealed in the apex court. PTI