Ranchi, Sept. 21: Imagine a courtroom where the usher calls out “inspector hazir ho” and the police officer appears virtually and gives his testimony via a television screen. This will happen soon, right here.
For, Supreme Court judges Madan B. Lokur and M.Y. Eqbal were in the state capital today to launch the e-court programme that will enable Ranchi district court to record evidence of witnesses from anywhere in the state through videoconference.
The e-court room, which has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh, looks plush and is equipped with LCD screens, cameras and touchscreen pads.
The courtroom is connected to all jails across the state via Internet. Prisoners lodged in any jail can now be questioned from the e-court room in Ranchi during hearings.
It will also easily record statements of investigating officers and government doctors, a huge help in cases where they may have been transferred or moved out of the venue of the trial.
“This problem can now be resolved as the witness will not have to travel to the capital for trials. His/her statements will be recorded through cameras and screens installed at the courtroom,” said Jharkhand High Court acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel.
The move will also help in the speedy disposal of pending cases, something that was referred to by Justice Lokur when he spoke on the benfits of technology.
The e-court has been designed as an extension of the Madhupur court that already has these facilities.
It was inaugurated by former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir last year.