I have known one person who commit suicide by inflicting a knife wound and after that told the police the knife was plunged by his brother, with whom he has had quarell and his brother was arrested and tried ? Do you agree with his behaviour? Had his death has any value?
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Indisputably, conviction can be recorded on the basis of a dying declaration alone, but the same should be wholly reliable. In case where suspicion can be raised as regard the correctness of the dying declaration, the court before convicting the accused on the basis thereof would look for some corroborative evidence. Suspicion it is trite, is no subsistence for proof. These observations were made by the Supreme Court while dealing with an appeal in which a person was convicted on the charge of murder and sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life. The police had charge sheeted P K Mani, a resident of Kanyakumari on the grounds that he had set his wife ablaze. The findings were recorded on the basis of the dying declaration made by the deceased. Both the lower court and the High Court held the accused guilty of the offence and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for life. It was argued on behalf of the accused that the deceased had nurtured a grudge against him and it was only with an