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A Witness who turns hostile by taking an unexpected turn by speaking unexpectedly to the party who called him or unwilling to speak the truth is called a Hostile Witness.

In general, the declaration that the witness turned hostile cannot effect the washing away his entire evidence.

  • Evidence of a hostile witness would not be totally rejected if spoken in favor of the prosecution but it should be subjected to close scrutiny and the portio of the evidence which is consistent with the case of prosecution or defence can be relied upon.

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Law

  • Pandappa Hanuappa Nanamar Vs State of Karnataka (1997) 3 Supreme Today 63
  • Koti Lakshman Bhai Vs State of Gujarat AIR 200 SC 210

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