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1984 riots: Witnesses granted protection

The Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) on Friday directed police to provide 24 hour protection to the witnesses in cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
September 28, 2013 12:40:43 am

The Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) on Friday directed police to provide 24 hour protection to the witnesses in cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The move comes two weeks after these witnesses,who are expected to depose against senior politicians such as Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar,approached the Delhi High Court seeking protection against threats.

Member secretary of DLSA D S Punia directed Delhi Police Commissioner to provide security to prosecution witnesses. Punia has also asked six other witnesses to appear before him on October 10.

On September 18,a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana had referred the matter to DLSA while hearing a PIL regarding protection of witnesses in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases.

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A PIL,filed in the High Court by ‘November 1984 Carnage Justice Committee’,sought directions for Delhi and Punjab governments to provide security to the witnesses while cases were pending in the trial court.

“Despite various judgments and orders… that the witnesses should not be allowed to come under pressure …,the respondents have failed to abide,” the plea had said.

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