Cross examination of witnesses and value of expert evidence: Two major aspects of the Indian evidence act, 1872
Abhishek Rajesh Bhattacharjee
The stages of examination of witnesses, especially the stage of cross-examination holds a very important place in the Indian legal system. The power of cross-examination is the optimum as it can turn the face of any given case. It is very important to follow the nuances of conducting the cross-examination to obtain the potential results. Another important aspect in terms of evidence in the Indian context is the concept of expert evidence or the opinions of the experts. A person having specialised knowledge in any field or subject is construed to be an expert of that particular subject. When a case deals with a special subject/knowledge, the opinion of the expert holds a higher ground and helps the judiciary to reach a proper conclusion which in turn ensure proper justice. But, the opinion of the expert in such case or in any case cannot be considered to be binding upon the court and it is upon the discretion of the court whether it would like to decide the matter on the basis of the opinion of the expert. The court’s duty is manifold before applying an expert opinion in a case. This paper deals with the scope and purpose of cross-examination. It gives an idea about the same and then moves on to the major subject matter. It also deals with the evidential value of expert evidence and importance it holds in the Indian legal scenario.
Abhishek Rajesh Bhattacharjee. Cross examination of witnesses and value of expert evidence: Two major aspects of the Indian evidence act, 1872. International Journal of Law, Volume 5, Issue 6, 2019, Pages 42-45