Criminal trial – Statement of co-accused  only - Apart from the statements of co-accused there is no material suggesting involvement of the appellant in the crime in question -  Appellant is entitled to be acquitted of the charges


 We are thus left with only one piece of material that is the confessional statements of the co-accused as stated above - On the touchstone of law laid down by this Court such a confessional statement of a co-accused cannot by itself be taken as a substantive piece of evidence against another co-accused and can at best be used or utilized in order to lend assurance to the Court - In the absence of any substantive evidence it would be inappropriate to base the conviction of the appellant purely on the statements of co-accused - The appellant is therefore entitled to be acquitted of the charges leveled against him.


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