Power under Section 319 CrPC to summon additional accused should be exercised only when strong evidence exists: Supreme Court

A division bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Rajesh Bindal held that mere suspicion cannot be the basis to summon an additional accused.
Supreme Court
Supreme Court

The power to summon an additional accused under Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is a discretionary and an extraordinary power and the same should be exercised only sparingly and when strong and cogent evidence exists against such person, the Supreme Court recently held [Vikram Rathi v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Another].

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