Witness Protection Scheme comes into force in J&K

Home deptt issues notification

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: The Witness Protection Scheme unveiled by the Government of India in 2018 has come into force in Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory.

The J&K’s Home department has issued a notification to declare that the scheme has come into force in the UT.

“In exercise of powers conferred by sub-clause (b) of clause (1) of Witness Protection Scheme-2018, the Lieutenant Governor is pleased to notify 5th December 2018 as the date on which the said scheme shall be deemed to have come into force in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads the notification, a copy of which is in possession of The Precious Kashmir. The notification was issued by the Home department on Thursday (December 23).

The scheme provides for protection of witnesses based on the threat assessment and suggests measures like concealment of identity of witnesses, their relocation, installation of security devices at the residence of witnesses, usage of specially designed court rooms, etc. for their protection.

The scheme provides for three categories of witness as per threat perception.

The scheme also provides for setting up a witness protection fund by the J&K government and it has to make annual budgetary allocation for the same.

The Scheme calls for preparation of a ‘threat analysis report’ of the witness by the police, when he/ she applies for protection.

The ‘threat analysis report’ will categorize the level of threat perception and shall suggest the specific witness protection measures which deserve to be taken in the matter.

As per the scheme, the witness protection order passed by the competent authority will be implemented by the witness protection cell of the UT.

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