Government of India considering law to protect witnesses

June 23rd, 2009 - 6:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi June 23 (ANI): The Government of India is considering passing a law, which would provide for protection of witnesses.

Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said here today that witness protection mechanism should be made part of the criminal justice system.

As Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission during the previous term of the UPA Government, Moily had recommended the reforms to criminal justice system, guaranteeing anonymity of witnesses and for protection of witnesses in specified cases.

Moily said the Law Ministry would interact with the Home Ministry in bringing about the changes.

Recently the Supreme Court had observed that it was practically impossible to provide security to every witness, considering the large population of the country and that over three crore cases were pending in the courts.

The need for a witness protection mechanism has been debated for a long time, especially after the trial court’s acquittal of all accused in the Jessica Lal murder case in 2006. (ANI)

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