Courts must apply stringent tests while exercising jurisdiction under Section 319 CrPC, Supreme Court

Shruti Mahajan February 28 2019
section 319, national security act

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that courts, while exercising jurisdiction under Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to summon a person not shown as accused, must apply stringent tests.

Section 319 of CrPC empowers court to summon any person who is not shown as an accused if it appears from the evidence that the person has committed any offence. The apparent offence must be the one for which the person can be tried for along with the accused in the case.

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