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AAP govt in Delhi notifies witness protection policy

New Delhi: In a first, the Delhi government on Thursday notified a policy regarding protection of witnesses with provisions for a protection fund and processing of such requests by competent authority. The AAP government said that �Delhi Witness Protection Scheme� will ensure protection of witnesses in �crucial� cases.� Delhi becomes the first state to do that,� Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter. Delhi High court in 2013 had directed Delhi government to frame a witness protection policy to provide guidelines and principles which the police, prosecution and executive agencies will have to follow for protection of witnesses.� After much deliberation, it was decided to have a comprehensive policy for protecting witnesses. The policy envisages � categorisation of witnesses, creation of witness protection fund, types of protection and procedure for processing such request by the competent authority,� an official statement issued by the Home Department said. According to a government statement, Delhi Home Department constituted a Sub-Committee comprising of officers of Law Department (Home department), Directorate of Prosecution and Delhi Police.� Subsequently, DSLSA (Delhi State Legal Services Authority) was included in the process of formulating of the scheme. Accordingly, a scheme known as Delhi Witness Protection Scheme, 2015 was drawn.� During deliberations, all the aspects relating to witness protection and practices adopted worldwide was studied,� the government said. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain also tweeted that �Delhi is first state to notify Witness protection policy today.� PTI

Updated : 31 July 2015 7:58 AM GMT
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