The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has informed the Supreme Court that it has ready a draft Witness Protection Scheme 2018, and in addition supplied it to the entire State Governments and the Union Territories Administration asking for them to furnish their feedback.
The Supreme Court Bench was once additionally apprised that, to start with, the states and UTs had been informed to furnish their feedback via nineth April, however later a the rest has been despatched extending it to 31st May, 2018
“We expect all the State Governments as well as the Union Territories to furnish their comments by the aforesaid stipulated date of 31st May, 2018 to the Ministry of Home Affairs,” the bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned.
The bench additionally directed the Home Ministry to finalize the draft scheme, after obtain tips and feedback from the States and UTs, earlier than the following date of listening to.
The subject has now been posted to the second one week of August, 2018.
The bench, whilst it was once listening to a plea searching for coverage for witnesses in rape instances involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu, had issued notices to the entire states, searching for their responses at the factor of witness coverage.
It had puzzled why until now the states have now not formulated any witness coverage programme. Later all over a listening to held in November, the bench had puzzled lengthen in fthe raming of draft witness coverage scheme.
“At least come out with a draft programme… or give good suggestions on the issue. In the NIA (National Investigation Agency) Act, there are specific provisions for witness protection. Why cannot it be there for all,” the bench had requested the Attorney General.
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