Approach nodal body if you are being threatened: HC to witnesses in 1984 riots casesa

Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog directed the witnesses in the pending cases against former MP Sajjan Kumar to approach the secretary of the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) with complaints in case they were being intimidated

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 1:34 am

In a separate case,the High Court bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog directed the witnesses in the pending cases against former MP Sajjan Kumar to approach the secretary of the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) with complaints in case they were being intimidated.

Some of the victims,who are also witnesses in the two cases still pending trial against Kumar,had approached the High Court seeking protection from the state under a witness protection scheme.

The government,however,has no such scheme at present. During the hearing,CBI counsel D P Singh informed the court that three witnesses had informed the CBI Investigating Officer (IO) that they had received threats or inducements in connection with the case.

The counsel,however, told the court that none of the witnesses had been able to give any identification details of the person or persons who had allegedly intimidated or tried to bribe them in order to stop them from testifying in the case.

The High Court on Wednesday said a court order in 2003 in the Nitish Katara murder case had laid down certain guidelines for witness protection and had made the DLSA secretary the nodal officer to handle all such complaints till a proper policy was formulated by the government.

Recently,in the case of perjury arising out of the Jessica Lal murder trial,the High Court had again asked the government to create a witness protection policy.

The government is expected to submit a report on the deliberations on the proposed policy in November.

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