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bonafied (assistant)     20 February 2024

Can court pronounce judgment without cross-examination?

If accused gets NOC and need time for certified copies courts asks him to pay Rs 200 to witness if he does not pay to the witness court threatens to make cross-examination as nil. My question can court pronounce judgment without cross-examining the witness. Is the judgment considered valid?


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Advocate Bhartesh goyal (advocate)     20 February 2024

Yes, if accused despite of given several opportunities to submit documents and evidence fails or deliberately avoids and does not comply with order passed by court in that situation court has ample power to forfeit rights of cross examination and proceed for pronouncement of judgment. 

T. Kalaiselvan, Advocate (Advocate)     20 February 2024

If the accused fails to utilise the opportunity for cross examination despite many chances, the court can proceed to pass the judgement by closing the evidence and observing the further procedures properly as per law.

bonafied (assistant)     20 February 2024

Yes, but merely because accused did not pay Rs 200 can be the grounds to forfeit cross-examination rights? 

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