The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday asked the Chandigarh Administration to complete the necessary formalities and work with regard to connectivity of Burail Jail through video-conferencing with Tihar Jail.
Also,the High Court asked the administration to make available the facility of video-conferencing in the new District Court Complex,which is to come up in Sector 43 shortly.
Appearing on behalf of the administration,its counsel submitted that the required formalities were nearing completion and that the facility of video-conferencing would be made available in the new judicial complex too. Accepting the statement,the High Court granted four weeks time to the administration to do the needful.
The development took place during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by Viresh Shandilya,a resident of Haryana.
The petitioner had sought directions to Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to connect all the jails to its lower courts through video-conferencing. During the resumed hearing of the PIL,the counsel for the Haryana government told the court that all jails except the one in Mewat had been connected to courts through video-conferencing.
Earlier,the counsel for Haryana had submitted that from April to June in 2011,a total of 515 convicts were produced through video-conferencing in various courts.
However,the counsel for the Punjab government had submitted that it had decided to install CCTV cameras at 82 points,of which 42 had been installed.
The Burail Jail at Chandigarh will soon be connected with Tihar Jail where Paramjit Singh Bheora and Jagtar Singh Hawara,convicts in the Beant Singh assassination case,are lodged.