Delhi makes first move to adopt witness protection programme in ‘crucial’ cases

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The Delhi government on Thursday notified a policy to ensure protection of witnesses in “crucial” cases through a witness protection programme.

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,” a statement issued by the Home Department read.

Key witnesses in criminal cases have been found murdered many-a-times in India due to a lack of a comprehensive witness protection programme.

In 2013 too, the Delhi High Court had directed the government to frame a witness protection policy. The same would have provided guidelines and principles which the police, prosecution and executive agencies would have to follow.

“After much deliberation, it was decided to have a comprehensive policy for protecting witnesses,” the Delhi government said in a statement.

For implementation, a sub-committee comprising officers of Law Department (Home department), Directorate of Prosecution and the Delhi Police has also been constituted by Delhi’s Home Department.

“Subsequently, DSLSA (Delhi State Legal Services Authority) was included in the process. All aspects relating to witness protection and practices adopted worldwide were studied,” the statement added.

 

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  1. I LOVE AAP, AN UNIQUE PHILANTHROPIC POLITICAL PARTY WHICH ACTUALLY CARES FOR JUSTICE :-
    Witness protection is protection of a threatened witness or any person involved in the justice system, including defendants and other clients, before, during and after atrial, usually by police. While a witness may only require protection until the conclusion of a trial, some witnesses are provided with a new identity and may live out the rest of their lives under government protection.

    Witness protection is usually required in trials against organized crime, where law enforcement sees a risk for witnesses to be intimidated by colleagues of defendants. It is also used at war crime trials.

    1 Witness protection by country
    1.1 Canada
    1.2 Hong Kong
    1.3 Ireland
    1.4 Israel
    1.5 New Zealand
    1.6 Republic of China (Taiwan)
    1.7 Switzerland
    1.8 Thailand
    1.9 Ukraine
    1.10 United Kingdom
    1.11 United States

    IF THE OTHER TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THIS ACT BEFORE, SO MANY MOST UNFORTUNATELY DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN EASILY AVOIDED IN VYAPAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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