October 09, 2017

4-weeks to show steps taken to enhance security in Courts: SC to Centre

Supreme Court of India

The Centre has been granted four weeks’ time by the Supreme Court to place on record the steps that have been taken to enhance security in the Courts.

Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao, in a case involving the murder of a witness who had refused to turn hostile, issued the order. The witness was shot dead while he was being escorted by the police to the lock-up.

The incident had alarmed the Apex Court, which had, in an earlier order observed, “We have no doubt that such incidents pose a grave threat to the security of courts and interfere with the administration of justice. It seriously affects the willingness of witnesses to state the truth.”

The Court had then issued notice to the Centre, inviting suggestions on making the Courts secure through CISF or any other agency. It had also sought its response on framing of guidelines for witness protection.

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