The Madras High Court has laid down guidelines for recording and production of statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The directions were issued by a Special Division bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice P.N. Prakash. The Bench was constituted after Justice Prakash came across a bail plea of a hearing and speech impaired person accused of sexually exploiting at least four other hearing and speech impaired people.
Apart from the guidelines, the Bench has also directed the State to construct special rooms for conduct of Test Identification Parades in all prisons within six months. Such rooms, it said, should have one-way glass partitions so that the suspects and those paraded along with them do not get to see the witnesses at the time of identification.
In this regard, the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy and the Tamil Nadu State Police Academy has been directed to take effective steps to sensitize the Judicial Officers and police officers respectively.
Statement of victim/witness
Confession statement of the accused
Test Identification Parade reports