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P. Venu (Advocate)     22 August 2021

What are the facts? What is the context?

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Kishor Mehta (CEO)     22 August 2021

News published in any Newspaper is not an evidence for a third person. Newspaper authorities may be permitted to use the news items as evidence provided they produce sufficient tangible evidence to prove the news.

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Dr J C Vashista (Advocate)     23 August 2021

No

Newspaper item has no evidentary value.

minakshi bindhani   06 September 2021

Hello Jeeban
As per your query, a newspaper is hearsay evidence.

In the Case of Laxmi Raj Shetty vs.State of Tamil nadu(1988) the supreme Court held that :

1. The presumption of genuineness attached under S.81of the Indian Evidence Act to a NEWSPAPER report cannot be treated as to prove of the fact.
2. A newspaper is not of the document referred to in S.78bof the Evidence Act by which an allegation of fact can be proved.

It is a settled principle of law that news items published and statements of fact contained in a newspaper is merely hearsay evidence and
no judicial notice can be taken off the news item which is in the nature of hear-say evidence.
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