Additional accused can be put on trial at any stage of hearing: SC | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a trial court can summon additional accused and can put the person on trial along with the other accused or separately depending on the stage of hearing in a criminal case.
A five-judge Constitution bench issued guidelines on the procedure to be followed by the trial court. The bench said if the trial court finds evidence or if application under Section 319 of CrPC is filed regarding the involvement of any other person in committing the offence based on evidence recorded at any stage in the trial before passing of the order on acquittal or sentence, it shall pause the trial at that stage and thereupon first decide the need or otherwise to summon the additional accused and pass orders thereon.
A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer, B R Gavai, A S Bopana, V Ramasubramanian and B V Nagarathna said if the trial court decides on joint trial…

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