Bilaspur: The Chhattisgarh High Court on Friday asked the State Government to provide adequate security to lawyers and witnesses appearing in the Naxal-related cases.
HC sources said besides the state administration,
district judges have also been asked to ensure protection of
advocates and witnesses.
The directive has come after complaints about
advocates being pressured not to appear for arrested Naxals,
and police trying to influence accused and witnesses.
A lawyer, Satishchandra Verma, had filed a petition in
the High Court in this regard. Verma was the counsel of some
persons, lodged in Raipur Central Jail, accused of providing
ammunition to Maoists.
Verma alleged he was asked by police to stay away from
such cases. Police also tried to influence the accused and
witnesses in the case.
Justice Satish Agnihotri, while hearing the petition,
warned of strict action if such cases came to light.