Supreme Court Rebukes Uttar Pradesh Police for Using Interrogation Statements in Chargesheet


In the case of Sanuj Bansal v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Another, the Supreme Court recently addressed concerns regarding the inclusion of accused statements from police interrogations in chargesheets.

Court’s Observation

Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan expressed dismay at the inclusion of alleged confessional statements of accused in the chargesheet. They highlighted the potential illegality of incorporating such statements, emphasizing that they were obtained during police interrogation.

Legal Position

Sections 25 and 26 of the Evidence Act, 1872, were cited, which specify that confessions made by the accused while in police custody are inadmissible as evidence in court.

Court’s Directive

The Supreme Court instructed the Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh to conduct an investigation into this practice. The DGP is required to submit a personal affidavit regarding the inclusion of such statements in chargesheets.

Future Proceedings

The case is scheduled for further consideration on July 12, 2024, indicating ongoing scrutiny of this issue.

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