Delay in giving the FIR by itself cannot be a ground to doubt the prosecution case

Delay in giving the FIR by itself cannot be a ground to doubt the prosecution case

Tara Singh and Ors Vs The State Of Punjab

Supreme Court

25/10/1990

AIR 1991 SC 63; 1990 (3) Crimes 565 SC; 1990 (2) SCALE 816; 1991 Supp (1) SCC 536; 1991 (1) UJ 155 SC

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It is well-settled that the delay in giving the FIR by itself cannot be a ground to doubt the prosecution case. Knowing the Indian conditions as they are we cannot expect these villagers to rush to the police station immediately after the occurrence. Human nature as it is, the kith and kin who have witnessed the occurrence cannot be expected to act mechanically with all the promptitude in giving the report to the police. At times being grief-stricken because of the calamity it may not immediately occur to them that they should give a report.

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