According to Section 133 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, an accomplice shall be a competent witness against an accused person; and a conviction is not illegal merely because it proceeds upon the uncorroborated testimony of an accomplice.
Illustration (b) of Section 114 states “that an accomplice is unworthy of credit unless he is corroborated in material particulars.”
According to Section 306 of Cr.P.C., a Judge can tender a pardon to the co-accused in order to obtain his evidence.
Hence, conviction can be based on the evidence of an accomplice but it is prudent to look for corroboration.
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