Conviction can be based on voluntary extra-judicial confession: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, while affirming the conviction of a bank’s peon accused of corruption, has observed that the courts must ensure  same inspires confidence and was corroborated by other prosecution evidence.

“Extra-judicial confession is a weak piece of evidence and the court must ensure that the same inspires confidence and is corroborated by other prosecution evidence the top court said. If the court is satisfied that if the confession is voluntary, the conviction can be based upon the same said the apex court.

The bench comprising justices R Banumathi and Indira Banerjee said  the trial court and the Himachal Pradesh High Court had concurrently held in the case that the confession statements were made voluntarily and it could form the basis for conviction.

The Supreme Court, while affirming the conviction of a bank’s peon convicted in the case based on his confessional statements submitted to two senior officials of the bank said Rule of Prudence does not require that each and every circumstance mentioned in the confession with regard to the participation of the accused must be separately and independently corroborated.

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