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Delhi First in Protecting Witnesses
Aug 07, 2015

In a first, the Delhi Government notified a policy to bring in a witness protection programme to ensure protection of witnesses in crucial cases. After much deliberation, Delhi Government decided to have a comprehensive policy for protecting witnesses

  • The Delhi Witness Protection Scheme envisages categorisation of witnesses, creation of witness protection fund, types of protection and procedure for processing such request by the competent authority.

  • India has no comprehensive witness protection programme, and on many occasions, key witnesses in criminal cases have been found murdered.

  • In 2013, the Delhi High Court had directed the government to frame a witness protection policy to provide guidelines and principles which the police, prosecution and executive agencies will have to follow.

  • A sub-committee was constituted comprising officers of Law Department (Home Department), Directorate of Prosecution and the Delhi Police. Subsequently, DSLSA (Delhi State Legal Services Authority) was included in the process.

  • All aspects relating to witness protection and practices adopted worldwide were studied.

 


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