Apex Court ordered all states and union territories to immediately implement a scheme intended to protect witnesses in the cases
The scheme will apply to witnesses of three categories
Such applications will be disposed of in five days with an assessment of the threat perception by the local police. The respective courts will have witness protection cells to implement it, except in case of a witness relocation which will be carried out by the state home department.
There will also be a Witness Protection Fund to bear the expenses incurred in protecting a witness. The protection measures shall be proportionate to the threat and for a specific duration not exceeding three months at a time.
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