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Bare acts > Indian Evidence Act, 1872 > Section 54

54. Previous bad character not relevant, except in reply.- In criminal proceedings the fact that the accused person has a bad character is irrelevant, unless evidence has been given that he has a good character, in which case it becomes relevant.

Explanation 1.-This section does not apply to cases in which the bad character of any person is itself a fact in issue.

Explanation 2.-A previous conviction is relevant as evidence of bad character.




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