Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 6
As witnesses turn hostile in high-profile cases, the Supreme Court has asked subordinate courts trying cases against lawmakers to consider giving protection to witnesses even in cases where there is no such request.
A Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018, approved by the Supreme Court last year should be strictly enforced by the Centre, states and Union Territories.
“Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the witnesses in such cases, the trial court may consider granting protection under the said scheme to witnesses without their making any specific application in this regard,” said the Bench that has been dealing with a PIL filed by Delhi BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in 2016.