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SC sets scheme to protect witnesses

DNMUM427543 | 12/6/2018 | Author : Abraham Thomas | WC :398 | India

Witnesses of criminal trials who fear to depose or turn hostile under duress will now be entitled to 24X7 security cover, pick and drop facility from home to court in a government vehicle. That’s not all, they will have a specially designed court room for recording evidence during trial without confronting the accused.
All this forms part of a Witness Protection Scheme enforced by the Supreme Court on Wednesday throughout the country. It will remain operational till the Parliament introduces a law. The SC’s judgment has come as a huge support to lakhs of witnesses who out of fear of life, loss of kin, property or reputation, refused to speak the truth, resulting in a high rate of acquittals.

The Court said, “The right
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Witnesses in criminal trials to get 24X7 security
Scheme operational till Parliament introduces law
Witness can have separate identity, phone number, etc

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