The Hon’ble Supreme Court, on 9th October 2020, in the matter of Karulal & Ors. v. The State of Madhya Pradesh observed that if the witnesses are otherwise trustworthy, past enmity by itself will not discredit any testimony.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that:
The testimony of the related witness, if found to be truthful, can be the basis of conviction. (Para 20)
If the witnesses are otherwise trustworthy, past enmity by itself will not discredit any testimony. (Para 22)
Some witness may not support the prosecution story for their own reasons and in such situation, it is necessary for the Court to determine whether the other available evidence comprehensively proves the charge. (Para 23)
Copy of judgment: Judgement_09-Oct-2020
-Adv. Tushar Kaushik