Can Private Counsel of Victim examine witnesses and make arguments? Supreme Court answers

Shruti Mahajan November 20 2019

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, held that a private pleader engaged by a victim in a criminal trial only has the limited right of assisting the prosecutor and may not make oral arguments or conduct cross-examination of witnesses.

The Bench of Justices Mohan M Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta, in this case, upheld the decision of the Calcutta High Court that dismissed the plea of the petitioner seeking permission for her private pleader to cross-examine witnesses.

The Court . . .

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