Govt. issues Notification and SoP regarding Good Samaritans
The Supreme Court has passed a judgment dated 30-03-2016 regarding Good Samaritans, i.e. bystanders and passers-by who render help to the victims of road accidents. The Court has ruled that the affidavit of Good Samaritan, if filed, shall be treated as complete statement by the Police official while conducting the investigation. In case statement is to be recorded, complete statement shall be recorded in a single examination. Besides, the trial court shall not normally insist on appearance of Good Samaritans.
In this regard, Notification dated 12-05-2015 for protection of Good Samaritan issued by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) is available at Linkhttp://www.morth.nic.in/showfile.asp?lid=1709 and Standard Operating Procedure for the examination of Good Samaritans by the Police or during trial dated 21-01-2016 issued by MoRTH is available at Link http://www.morth.nic.in/showfile.asp?lid=2002