HC asks state about undertrials who want to come to court

Observing that video-conferencing saved crucial time in producing accused physically before judges, Bombay High Court (HC) asked the state Wednesday what arrangements it had made for undertrials who wanted to come personally to record statements or file applications.

Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai said she would seek instructions from the state in this regard, following which a bench headed by Justice A M Khanvilkar deferred the matter for further hearing till December 19.

Earlier, HC had asked the government to file a report giving details of video-conference facilities in various courts and jails in the state to avoid delays in producing accused during trials.

It was hearing a petition filed by Shaikh Abdul Nayeem, a convict, urging use of video-conferencing for production of accused in trial courts while seeking their remand.

In several cases, accused are not produced in courts due to lack of escorts or traffic jams, resulting in cases being unnecessarily delayed, the petition contended.

The court had also asked the state to file an affidavit on steps taken to introduce video-conference facilities in courts.

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