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Forget the uniform, focus on power

The constitutional principle against self-incrimination is a vital and crucial element for society


Somasekhar Sundaresan
An integral and foundational feature of the law in India is that no one accused of an offence can be compelled to be a witness against oneself — it is enshrined in the Constitution, in a portion that is held to be a basic foundational feature that cannot be altered. Yet, repeated attempts to push the envelope have been made over the decades. In a clear, emphatic and reasoned ruling, the Supreme Court in a majority judgment, has struck down the ability to use as evidence, confessions extracted by officers under the narcotics law.

Typically, the assault on the constitutional principle
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First Published: Nov 18 2020 | 12:28 AM IST

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