Illustrations: reasonable grounds for the question. (d) A

Illustrations:

(a) A barrister is instructed by an attorney or vakil that an important witness is a dakait. This is a reasonable ground for asking the witness whether he is a dakait.

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(b) A pleader is informed by a person in Court that an important witness is a dakait. The informant, on being questioned by the pleader, gives satisfactory reasons for his statement. This is a reasonable ground for asking the witness whether he is a dakait.

(c) A witness, of whom nothing whatever is known, is asked at random whether he is a dakait. There are here no reasonable grounds for the question.

(d) A witness, of whom nothing whatever is known, being questioned as to his mode of life and means of living, gives unsatisfactory answers. This may be a reasonable ground for asking him if he is a dakait.

Comments:

Section 149 provides that the questions ought not to be asked in cross- examination unless the party asking the questions has reasonable grounds to believe that the imputation made against the accused is well founded. The court shall not allow such type of questions. Illustrations appended to the section have made it clear.