Increased use of video conferencing in courts in India

The use of video conferencing enables individuals to be involved in a court hearing from a remote location. Thanks to this technology, the witness has the ability to give his\her statement through a video link directly to the court room.  There can be different reasons for using video conferencing equipment in court, one of which has already been mentioned is geographical distance, but there is also the issue of safety for the people involved.

Using this form of communication has become a practical tool for the legal system and recently its use is increasingly growing in the courts of India. According to Hindustantimes the SAS Nagar police want the trial of Jagdish Singh Bhola to use video conferencing. The reason behind this is that Bhola who is a former deputy superintendent of police accused of several cases of drug possession, forgery and illegal possession of weapons has made claims that three important cabinet ministers were involved in a drug racket and is prepared to name them. Therefore police has decided that  Bhola’s will give evidence by video conferencing, to ensure the safety of the accused.

Hindustantimes also reports of another case where regular court procedures will be replaced by video conferencing. The statement of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim accused of rape will be recorded through video conferencing due to security issues.

Video Conferencing can be extremely useful in cases where they lack security and fear for the well-being of the participants. More details on the mentioned stories can be found through the links provided below.