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Cops want murder trial by video conferencing

india Updated: Jan 14, 2011 00:39 IST
HT Correspondent
Rajiv Mohan

The Delhi police have asked a city court to conduct the trial in the murder case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan through video conferencing.

Delhi police prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed an application in the court of additional sessions judge R Kiran Nath saying that key accused Rajiv Kapoor had previously made several attempts to escape.

Last June, Kapoor tried to escape police custody from Safdarjung Hospital by throwing chilly powder in the eyes of the policemen escorting him. Kapoor was admitted to the hospital for a general medical examination.

According to the prosecutor's application, Kapoor attacked the other accused in court because he wanted to deliberately delay the trial. "For the reason of this behaviour, the trial in the case did not proceed further," the application said pointing out that several had to be engaged to ferry the accused from jail to court.

Taking note of the petition, the court directed Kapoor and his other accomplices to file their replies and fixed the matter for argument on January 24.