Ailing witness records statement via video conferencing from PGI

To ensure the well being of a key witness — suffering from a serious heart ailment — in a disproportionate assests case, a special CBI court here on Thursday recorded his testimony from his hospital bed at PGI through video conferencing. As advised by the doctors, the witness was admitted to the cardiology department of PGI Chandigarh and was under medical supervision.

Doctors felt that the witness, who is suffering from a major heart ailment, with only 25 per cent of his heart valves working might encounter some complications during cross examination in the court. To ensure that he is well attended in case of any medical complication, the court ordered him to be admitted to the hospital from where he recorded his statement via video conferencing.

Makkhan Singh, a retired deputy superintendent of police was the investigating officer in a 23-year-old case of disproportionate assets involving a former high ranking army officer, was admitted to the cardiology department, PGI, Chandigarh on December 4. Singh, now in his seventies was declared medically unfit to appear before the court.

Singh had earlier appeared before the court on October 3, 2010 to record his statement. However, while recording the statement he encountered some medical problem and had to be given medical aid. To avoid any mishap the court ordered that his statement be recorded under proper medical supervision. Singh is the last witness in the case whose statement has to be recorded and the case has to be decided by the end of December as per directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Cross examination of Singh was partially completed on Thursday via video conferencing from 10.10 am to 1.50 pm at the cardiology department of the advance cardiology center, PGI, Chandigarh in the presence of the public prosecutor and court staff.

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