Police seeks scribe`s murder trial thorough video conferencing
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 21:10
  
New Delhi: Delhi police has approached a city court seeking trial of TV journalist Saumya Vishwanathan's murder case through video conferencing saying the accused had tried to escape from police custody.

In an application to the court of Additional Sessions Judge R Kiran Nath, Special Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan has sought the trial through video conferencing on several grounds, including an abortive bid by the accused and gangster Ravi Kapoor to escape from the custody.

"In this case, Kapoor also attempted to escape from the custody. He is being produced in handcuffs. He is in the habit of delaying the trial by making various applications," the prosecutor said.

Kapoor had tried to escape from police custody last June from Safdarjung Hospital by throwing chilly powder in the eyes of policemen escorting him. He had been taken there for a medical examination.

"For the reason of this behaviour, the trial in the cases was not proceeding further," the application said pointing out that a number of officials have to be engaged in ferrying the accused from jail to produce him in the court.

The court, taking note of plea, directed Kapoor and his other accomplices to file their replies and fixed the matter for arguments on January 24.

The police, in its application, also referred to the involvement of the accused in other cases including one relating to murder of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in 2008.

Kapoor, along with four others -- Ajay Sethi, Baljeet Singh Malik, Amit Shukla and Ajay Kumar -- have also been booked under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Kapoor, along with Malik, Shukla and Ajay Kumar, had allegedly tailed the journalist on September 30, 2008 night when she was returning home by her car from office at Jhandewalan at around 3:30 am and shot her dead near Vasant Kunj.

Initially, four accused, except Ajay Sethi, were booked under various provisions of the IPC relating to murder, robbery, cheating and possession of stolen properties.

Sethi has been charged under a milder penal provision dealing with keeping stolen property.

Subsequently, they were booked under MCOCA after the police claimed they were involved in several such cases including the murder of Jigisha Ghosh.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 21:10


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