The 3rd Battalion of Delhi Armed Police, which transports undertrial prisoners to courts, has moved 154 applications this year requesting that proceedings be done by video conference, said sources.
The number of such pleas has gone up as criminal gangs are trying to take advantage of loopholes in security arrangements at courts to target rivals, according to sources. The murder of two undertrials in a moving prison van in August this year has also contributed to this rise, said the sources. “Of the 154 applications moved before courts, 39 were accepted, while 76 were rejected and 39 are pending,” added the sources.
In February 2013, a 25-year-old undertrial prisoner, Naveen Khatri, was shot dead in the Rohini court complex when he was being escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in a murder case. Khatri was due to be released on interim bail in just two days, said sources.
In May last year, Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested 10 members of the Neeraj Bawana-Naveen Baali gang from the Rohini court premises while they were reportedly waiting to kill Pradeep Bhola, a member of the rival Neetu Dabodia gang, said a source.
One of the 10 men held had disguised himself as a lawyer, added the source.
Earlier, applications for trial proceedings by video conference were moved for “very very high risk prisoners” such as terrorists, but after the prison van murders, pleas are also being moved for the “high risk prisoners” such as dreaded gangsters and their associates, said the source.
Apprehending an attack on Irfan, the 3rd Battalion of Delhi Armed Police had moved a plea before a Delhi court seeking video conferencing of trials in over a dozen cases against him, said sources. The court, however, rejected the plea, added the sources.