Notorious gangster Manoj Bakkarwal was produced before a local court via videoconferencing on Wednesday. Bakkarwal, who is wanted in 500-odd cases of vehicle theft and murder in different parts of the country, is presently lodged in Tihar Jail, Delhi.
Superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said Bakkarwal had escaped from the police custody several times in the past and it was quite a task for the district police to ensure tight security while transporting the criminal from Tihar.
The hearing was held in a Karnal court in connection with a robbery case and it was for the first time that videoconferencing was used in case of this dreaded criminal.
Meanwhile, Garg said additional sessions judge Ajay Kumar Verma came to National Informatics Centre (NIC) at mini-secretariat as videoconferencing service in the judicial complex developed certain technical glitch.
"Producing Bakkarwal in the court physically not only caused great inconvenience to the public in the court and greater threat perception to the policemen guarding the criminal, but it also put burden on the state exchequer. The court has further allowed Bakkarwal's summoning via videoconferencing and next date of hearing is fixed January 3," said the SP.
Garg said the modern tool was useful and hoped that courts would grant permission to use it in other cases as well.