MAHENDER CHAWLA & ORS. …..PETITIONER(S) VERSUS UNION OF INDIA & ORS. …..RESPONDENT(S)


Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri

Hon’ble Mr. Justice S. Abdul Nazeer

“Witness Protection Scheme, 2018

a Land mark Judgment of Apex court to safe guard the rights and safety of the witness . 
The Apex court framed the scheme and order its application till the Law is passed to that effect.
Gave valuable directions as follows :-

We, accordingly, direct that :
(i) This Court has given its imprimatur to the Scheme prepared
by respondent No.1 which is approved hereby. It comes into
effect forthwith.
(ii) The Union of India as well as States and Union Territories
shall enforce the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018 in letter and
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spirit.
(iii) It shall be the ‘law’ under Article 141/142 of the Constitution,
till the enactment of suitable Parliamentary and/or State
Legislations on the subject.
(iv) In line with the aforesaid provisions contained in the
Scheme, in all the district courts in India, vulnerable witness
deposition complexes shall be set up by the States and Union
Territories. This should be achieved within a period of one year,
i.e., by the end of the year 2019. The Central Government should
also support this endeavour of the States/Union Territories by
helping them financially and otherwise.