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Section 253 BNSS to Section 257 BNSS| Section 254 BNSS| Section 255 BNSS| Section 256 BNSS

Section 253 BNSS| Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS):


Date for prosecution evidence.


If the accused refuses to plead, or does not plead, or claims to be tried or is not convicted under section 252, the Judge shall fix a date for the examination of witnesses, and may, on the application of the prosecution, issue any process for compelling the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or other thing.


Section 254 BNSS| Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS):


Evidence for prosecution.


(1) On the date so fixed, the Judge shall proceed to take all such evidence as may be produced in support of the prosecution:

Provided that evidence of a witness under this sub-section may be recorded by audio-video electronic means.


(2) The deposition of evidence of any police officer or public servant may be taken through audio-video electronic means.


(3) The Judge may, in his discretion, permit the cross-examination of any witness to be deferred until any other witness or witnesses have been examined or recall any witness for further cross-examination.


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Section 255 BNSS| Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS):


Acquittal.


If, after taking the evidence for the prosecution, examining the accused and hearing the prosecution and the defence on the point, the Judge considers that there is no evidence that the accused committed the offence, the Judge shall record an order of acquittal.


Section 256 BNSS| Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS):


Entering upon defence.


(1) Where the accused is not acquitted under section 255, he shall be called upon to enter on his defence and adduce any evidence he may have in support thereof.


(2) If the accused puts in any written statement, the Judge shall file it with the record.


(3) If the accused applies for the issue of any process for compelling the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or thing, the Judge shall issue such process unless he considers, for reasons to be recorded, that such application should be refused on the ground that it is made for the purpose of vexation or delay or for defeating the ends of justice.


Section 257 BNSS| Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS):


Arguments.


When the examination of the witnesses (if any) for the defence is complete, the prosecutor shall sum up his case and the accused or his pleader shall be entitled to reply:

Provided that where any point of law is raised by the accused or his pleader, the prosecution may, with the permission of the Judge, make his submissions with regard to such point of law.


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