Can physical disabilites disqualify a witness?
The Supreme Court has ruled that deaf and dumb witnesses need not be prevented from giving evidence in court merely on account of their physical disability as they can do so either by writing or through gestures. It said that the testimonies of such witnesses are valid and admissible pieces of evidence as long as the same is done in an intelligible manner to the satisfaction of the court. ďA dumb person need not be prevented from being a credible and reliable witness merely due to his/her physical disability. Such a person though unable to speak may convey himself through writing if literate or through signs and gestures if he is unable to read and write,Ē the apex court said, while dismissing an appeal filed by the Rajasthan government against the acquittal of one murder convict Darshan Singh. The victimís deaf and dumb wife was the star witness on whose testimony Darshan was sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast track sessions court. However, the high court had set aside the trial courtís conviction, giving the benefit of the doubt to Darshan.
Independent arbitrators have to be impartial to both parties
The Supreme Court has appointed Justice Ashok C Agarwal, retired Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, as the sole arbitrator to resolve disputes between Bipromasz Bipron Trading SA and Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL). Normally, the court appoints an arbitrator as per the agreed terms between the parties in the
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