Tue. Oct 27th, 2020

Section 134 Number of witnesses

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Section 134  Number of witnesses.

No particular number of witnesses shall in any case be required for the proof of any fact.

Comments:

Merits of the statement is important

(1) It is well know principle of law that reliance can be based on the solitary statement of a witness if the court comes to the conclusion that the said statement is the true and correct version of the case of the prosecution;  Raja v state, (1997) 2 crimes 175 (Del).

(2) The courts are concerned with the merit of the statement of a particular witness. They are not concerned with the number of witnesses examined by the prosecution; Raja v. State, (1997) 2 Crimes 175 (Del).

Requirement

The Law of Evidence does not require any particular number of witnesses to be examined in proof of a given fact. However, faced with the testimony of a single witness, the court may classify the oral testimony of a single witness, the court may classify the oral testimony into three categories, namely (i) wholly reliable, (ii) wholly unreliable, and (iii) neither wholly reliable nor wholly unreliable. In the first two categories there may be no difficulty in accepting or discarding the testimony of the single witness. The difficulty arises in the third category of cases. The court as to be circumspect and has to look for corroboration in material particulars by reliable testimony, direct or circumstantial, before acting upon testimony of a single witness; Lallu Manjhi v. State of Jharkhand, AIR 2003 SC 854.

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