Maharashtra to have whistleblower/witness protection law

Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it would soon come out with a law to provide protection to whistleblowers and witnesses in sensitive cases.

The court had last October asked it to frame a fresh policy on the issue. The division bench headed by Justice A S Oka was today informed that the government was likely to come out with a law instead of a mere policy. A draft of the proposed law was also submitted to the court.

The court then asked the government to file an affidavit stating the same within a week. In October 2014, the High Court, while ordering the government to frame a fresh policy, had also directed that protection should be provided immediately to whistleblowers and witnesses even during the investigation stage if such a person makes a request for protection.

The bench has taken up the issue suo moto (on its own) after the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty.

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