The Bombay High Court Tuesday suggested that the video conferencing facility should be installed in the Juvenile Justice Board along with various other courts in the state. Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode said that the facility would benefit both juveniles in conflict with the law and minor victims of crime.
Underlining the need for setting up the facility in courts in districts and talukas as well, the court, however, said that video conferencing cannot be used in cases of police custody remand. The court said that in cases of remand to police custody, if a detenue is tortured they judge should see him in person as behind a screen, he may be threatened not to report it to the court. Justice Kanade said that cost of ferrying undertrials lodged in the jails to various courts in the city is Rs 30 lakh per day.
Additional government pleader Aruna Kamat Pai told the court that the state government had sanctioned 85 laptops for courts in the state and 192 more have been sanctioned. The government had asked the High Court registry to inform the government about the courts that should be provided with laptops on priority.
The court will hear the case further on July 8.