Trial Court Can Sentence an Accused to Lesser Offence Than Charged But Not Higher Without Altering Charge: Karnataka HC

In a recent ruling with far-reaching implications, the Karnataka High Court has unequivocally stated that trial courts cannot convict an accused for a major offense carrying a higher imprisonment term when the charges were originally framed for a lesser offense.  The court’s decision came in the case of accused Subramani, where a single-judge bench, presided

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