Witness act may cover whistle-blowers, RTI activists

Maharashtra government was considering inclusion of whistle-blowers and RTI activists in the proposed Witness Protection Act, it told the Bombay High Court today. While a policy to provide police protection to witnesses in sensitive cases was already in place, a legislation would be framed soon, additional government pleader Nitin Deshpande told the division bench of […]

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Judges suggest speedy trial ways, lawyers boycott

Amid lawyers refusing to represent the accused in the gang rape-cum-murder case of 23-year-old paramedic, two women judges have come out with suggestions for effective fast-tracking of the trial. While Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, a sitting Supreme Court judge, suggested amendments to the Evidence Act to avoid recording of evidence at multiple stages to “cut-short” […]

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A rustic witness can get confused, says apex court

The Supreme Court has said that a rustic witness was ‘bound to get confused and make some inconsistent statements’ if he is subjected to ‘fatiguing, taxing and tiring cross-examination’ for days. As compared to an educated witness, such a witness with rural background cannot be expected to remember every small detail of an incident and […]

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