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Presence of Advocates allowed during interrogation

 

The Hon’ble Bombay High Court in Shri Prakash Kumar Rameshbhai Patel v. State of Maharashtra [Criminal Writ Petition no. 2053 of 2023 dated June 28, 2023] held that, the Petitioner’s Advocate can remain present during the recording of the Petitioner’s statement at a visible distance but not audible distance.

Facts:

Shri Prakash Kumar Rameshbhai Patel (“the Petitioner”) prayed before the Hon’ble Bombay High Court seeking permission for videography of the interrogation.

Issue:

Whether Petitioner’s Advocate can present while interrogation during GST proceedings?

Held:

The Hon’ble Bombay High Court in Criminal Writ Petition no. 2053 of 2023 held as under:

  • Held that, the Petitioner’s Advocate is allowed to remain present at a visible distance, but not at an audible distance at the time of recording of the Petitioner statement.

 

As per Article 20(3) and Article 22(1) of the Indian Constitution, an accused person is entitled to presence of his Advocate during interrogation by a Police Officer. This position has been asserted without reservation in Nandini Satpathy’s case A.I.R. 1978 S.C. 1025. Hence, an accused person during interrogation by a Police Officer is permitted the right to the presence of his Advocate.

Currently, the rights of presence of the Advocate of the accused person during interrogation in India is limited, which poses significant challenges in the pursuit of justice, allowing Advocates to be present during interrogations would address these challenges and bring about several notable benefits.

 

 
Posted : 13/07/2023 1:24 pm
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