The hearing of the the infamous Burail jailbreak case,was deferred till August 12 as the Delhi Police could not produce the alleged mastermind Jagtar Singh Hawara citing security reasons. His accomplice,Paramjit Singh Bheora,was produced in the local court on Monday.
The Delhi Police also sought video conferencing from the court.
The personnel at the Tihar Jail moved an exemption application in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate,stating that due to security reasons,Hawara could not be produced on Monday. The application was allowed by the court and two witnesses,both Burail Jail employees were called for examination. However,the counsel for the accused requested the court to defer hearing stating that he wanted to examine the accused in presence of the main accused,Hawara.
Public Prosecutor JP Singh said,The Tihar jail authorities had moved the application today in which they have requested that the proceedings of the case from August onwards to be held via video-conferencing. The court is yet to take a decision for the same.
The case has been adjourned till August 12.
Meanwhile,Advocate Amar Singh Chahal moved an application in the case stating that Narain Singh Chaura is also one of the accused in the case and must be produced during the proceedings of the case.
The application was allowed by the court from August onwards. Chaura is presently lodged in Central Jail,Amritsar,after explosives were recovered from his car in May,2008.
The case dates back to January 21,2004 when Hawara and Bheora along with their accomplice Jagtar Singh Tara and another murder convict and jail cook Devi Singh had made a sensational escape from Burail Jail. The escapees had dug a 104-foot long tunnel to flee. Hawara and Bheora were later caught by the police while Tara and Devi Singh are still at large. The duo is presently under trial and are lodged in Tihar Jail.