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No prior agreement needed with foreign country to examine witnesses via video conferencing: HC

June 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The Times of India

KOCHI: No prior agreement between the Indian government and the foreign government is required to examine a witness in a criminal case through video conferencing, the Kerala high court has held.

The ruling was given by a division bench comprising of justices KT Sankaran and ML Joseph Francis while considering appeals related to a 1995 murder case from Thiruvananthapuram. The victim, 29-year-old Sakkeer was hacked to death by the accused, who were later identified as People's Democratic Party (PDP) workers, on the night of January 16th. Sakkeer was elected as chairman of Thiruvannathapuram Law College on that day and was an activist of CPM's youth wing DYFI.

When the armed gang entered his house, he had escaped through the back door and had ran to the compound of his neighbour Shajahan. It was there that the gang hacked him. Shajahan was the sole occurrence witness in the case but he later went to Saudi Arabia for job purposes. Trial court had convicted 8 of the accused, including accused no. 1 to 5.

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