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Video facilities to record evidence of witnesses

The Government is considering bringing in a legislation to allow use of audio and video facilities to record evidence of witnesses.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 18:46 IST

With witnesses turning hostile in Jessica Lal and other high-profile cases, the Government is considering bringing in legislation to allow use of audio and video facilities to record evidence of witnesses to deter them from turning hostile.

The proposed bill, among other things, might contain a provision for providing compensation to victims who are ignored in many cases, Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Assuring that a comprehensive bill for amending the Code of Criminal Procedure Act will be introduced in Parliament shortly, Patil said the proposed legislation might be referred to a standing committee after its introduction.

Patil was replying to a brief debate on the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2006, which was passed by the House by a voice vote.

The Home Minister said the proposed bill would also consider recording of evidence in important cases before a magistrate.

Shantaram Naik (Cong), Mehnul Hassan (CPI-M) and Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke on the bill.