New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has held that inconsistencies in statements of the so-called eyewitnesses can be a ground for acquittal of the accused in murder and other cases.
"In the instant case not only there is iscrepancy as regards the place of occurrence, but also on several vital aspects like non-disclosure and non-possibility of identification," the apex court observed, while dismissing an appeal filed by Madhya Pradesh Government in a murder case.
The State government had come on an appeal against the Madhya Pradesh High Court order, which acquitted the accused sentenced to life imprisonment by the sessions court.
While the Sessions Court on the basis of eyewitness' account convicted accused Makhan and others to life imprisonment, the High Court disbelieved the evidence and eyewitness' accounts, while acquitting them, following which the Government appealed in the apex court.
Concurring with the findings of the High Court, the apex court said there were a lot of inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the statements made by the prosecution witnesses particularly, the deceased's wife Somti Bai.