Chief Justice of Orissa High Court requests the government and police to protect witnesses.

Chief Justice S Muralidhar of Orissa high court said the country's judiciary is still weakened . He said the state government and police have a vital role to play in assessing a witnesss danger perception .

CUTTACK: As far as witness protection is concerned, Chief Justice S Muralidhar of Orissa high court said on Saturday that the country's judiciary is still weakened.With the witness assistance scheme, the CJ found that the Vulnerable Witness Deposition Centre Scheme should be bolstered.For this, the state government and police have a vital role to play in assessing a witness's danger perception and ensuring appropriate protection not only during the trial but also after the trial, he said, as he described the establishment of Vulnerable Witness Deposition Centres (VWDCs) in 15 more districts via the Odisha Judicial Academy's virtual system here.VWDCs have now been introduced in all 30 districts with it.

Witnesses are openly attacked, shot at, and threatened in jail, not just in Delhi, but also in Odisha.On March 9, 2022, the Orissa high court informed and enforced its VWDC program in order to provide a secure and conducive environment for recording the testimony of vulnerable witnesses.Odisha has a lot of criminal cases, he said.In fact, for every eight criminal cases, there are two civil ones.

The criminal charges are prevalent in a large number of courts in western Odisha and southern Odisha.According to the CJ, these VWDCs would play a critical role in bringing justice to victims of crime.The VWDCs were launched by Judge Supreme Court Justice L Nageswara Rao in Balasore, Bargarhm Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Paralakhemundi, Berhampur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Baipada, Phulbani, Rayagada, and Sundargarh.VWDCs had been introduced in Angul, Bhadrak, Balangir, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Kendrapada, Bhubaneswar, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Malnkangiri, Sambalpur, and Sonepur earlier this year.