SC: It is not the number, the quantity but quality of evidence that is material

The Hon’ble Supreme Court, on 12th October 2020, in the matter of Amar Singh v. The State (NCT of Delhi) & Inderjeet Singh v. The State (NCT of Delhi) observed that there is no legal impediment in convicting a person on the sole testimony of a single witness. It is not the number, the quantity but quality that is material.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that:

As a general rule the Court can and may act on the testimony of single eye witness provided he is wholly reliable. There is no legal impediment in convicting a person on the sole testimony of a single witness. That is the logic of Section 134 of the Evidence Act, 1872. (Para 16)

But if there are doubts about the testimony Courts will insist on corroboration. It is not the number, the quantity but quality that is material. The time honoured principle is that evidence has to be weighed and not counted. On this principle stands the edifice of Section 134 of the Evidence Act. The test is whether the evidence has a ring of truth, is cogent, credible and trustworthy or otherwise. (Para 16)

Copy of judgement: Judgement_12-Oct-2020

-Adv. Tushar Kaushik

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