What are the leading questions under the Indian evidence act?


According to section 141 of the evidence act, Any question suggesting the answer which the person putting it wishes or expects to receive is called a leading question.

Leading questions are questions that are framed in a way that evokes a specific response from the individual being questioned. The purpose of an examination in chief, that is questioning of the witness by the party who has called him, is to enable the witness to tell to the court by his own mouth the relevant facts of the case. Leading questions cannot be asked in examination in chief. They can be asked in cross-examination. Leading questions may often be answerable with a yes or no (though not all yes-no questions are leading). The propriety of leading questions generally depends on the relationship of the witness to the party conducting the examination.

SECTION 142 states that Leading questions must not, if objected to by the adverse party, be asked in an examination-in-chief, or in a re-examination, except with the permission of the Court. The Court shall permit leading questions as to matters which are introductory or undisputed, or which have, in its opinion, been already sufficiently proved 

whereas, SECTION 143  states that Leading questions may be asked in cross-examination.

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