Witnesses safe in Delhi at least on paper

  • | Friday | 7th December, 2018

NEW DELHI: Even as the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed state governments to provide round-the-clock police protection to witnesses facing threats, the capital had implemented the “Delhi witness protection scheme” in 2015 through an order issued by the lieutenant governor. During the investigation or the trial, witnesses can file an application with the area DCP requesting identity protection, who will then ask the Special Cell for the threat analysis report. The IO is also required to preserve the soft copy of the papers related to the proceeding for three years. The scheme permits police to monitor the witnesses’ email and telephone calls for security reasons, and the serving telecom can be asked to allot another number to them. The witness is provided with an emergency contact number usually of the area SHO for emergency use.

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