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Section 25- The Indian Evidence Act, 1872

The Indian Evidence Act,1872

25. Confession to police officer not to be proved –

No confession made to police officer1 shall be proved as against a person accused of any offence.

COMMENTS

Admissibility

Any confessional statement given by accused before police is inadmissible in evidence and cannot be brought on record by the prosecution and is insufficient to convict the accused; Ram Singh v. State of Maharashtra, 1999 Cr LJ 3763 (Bom).

Scope

If the first information report is given by the accused to a police officer and amounts to a confessional statement, proof of the confession is prohibited by section 25; Aghnu Nagesia v. State of Bihar, AIR 1966 SC 119.

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1. As to statements made to a police officer investigating a case, see the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), section 162.

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