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NRI's statement on videoconferencing

india Updated: Mar 15, 2008 22:03 IST

A Delhi court on Saturday created history by recording the statement of an NRI doctor through video-conferencing, setting a trend that may save several others like him from the trouble of coming to the country to attend judicial proceedings.

A sessions court recorded the statement of the doctor in New Jersey in the US through VC in a case related to his divorce petition and legal battle with his estranged wife over the possession of their two daughters.

The additional district judge in the Tis Hazari district court complex recorded the statement with the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials with the Consulate General at the US.

Representatives of both the parties were present in the court to authenticate the deposition and cross-examination of the doctor in the case.

"The historic step taken by the court for conducting VC facilities is a welcome step. This would definitely help in early disposal off cases related to people who are staying abroad and are unable to come to India," Naveen Kumar Matta, the counsel for Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) told PTI here.

Earlier, the court had accepted the doctor's proposal to organise the video-conferencing at his expense after the Indian consulate officials informed the court that they did not have the facility for it.

The doctor got married when he came to India in 1994 and returned to the US along with his wife.