A Good Samaritan who rushes an accident victim to hospital, or informs the police or emergency services of an injured person lying on the road, will not be forced to reveal their identity. The Home Ministry has warned of strong action against police personnel who coerce such a person to disclose personal details.
According to a circular, re-notified to all states by the Home Ministry, in such cases a Good Samaritan will not have any civil or criminal liability.
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“Disclosure of personal information, such as name and contact details of the Good Samaritan shall be made voluntary and optional, including Medico Legal Case form provided by hospitals,” according to the standard operating procedure (SoP) laid down in the circular.
“In case a Good Samaritan chooses to be a witness, his examination by the investigating officer shall be conducted at a time and place of his convenience… and the investigation officer shall be dressed in plain clothes, unless the Good Samaritan chooses to visit the police station,” it added.