Possession of STOLEN GOODS

In various judgements Supreme Court stated that as per Section 114 of the Indian Evidence Act, if a person is in possession of any stolen goods soon after the theft, then, Court has full powers to presume that the person is either thief or he has received the goods intentionally knowing them to be stolen.

An exception to this is that he cannot be held liable only if he can account for the possession of those stolen goods.

1. Earabhadrappa @ Krishnappa vs. State of Karnataka, (1983) 2 SCC 330
2. Gulab Chand vs.State of M.P., (1995) 3 SCC 574
3. Sanwat Khan v. State of Rajasthan [AIR 1956 SC 54: 1956 Cri LJ 150]
4. Tulsiram Kanu v. State [AIR 1954 SC 1 : 1954 Cri LJ 225]
5. Earabhadrappa v. State of Karnataka [(1983) 2 SCC 330: 1983 SCC (Cri) 447]


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