The Madras high court has said that the Witness Protection Scheme devised on the directions of the Supreme Court to give confidence to witnesses to come forward and assist law enforcement and judicial


Witness protection scheme ineffective, says Madras HC
Kaushik Kannan | TNN | Sep 28, 2020, 04:44 IST

Madurai: The Madras high court has said that the Witness Protection Scheme devised on the directions of the Supreme Court to give confidence to witnesses to come forward and assist law enforcement and judicial authorities has failed to yield the desired result. Though the system came into force in 2018 with full assurance of safety, it is still not providing confidence to witnesses to come out with the truth against the criminals.

The court made the observations while confirming the conviction and sentence awarded to three people by the trial court in a murder case in Ramanathapuram district in 2014 despite all the eye witnesses turning hostile.
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