Posted On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 09:03:18 AM
Heavy deployment of police personnel in different parts of city for the ongoing Ganesh festival has taken a toll on the hearings at the district and sessions court in Shivajinagar.
The police department has written to the court administration requesting it to postpone major hearings during the 10-day festival as it will not be able to provide security to accused and undertrials on the court premises due to manpower shortage.
The option of holding trials through video conferencing too has been ruled out as the system has not been functioning for the last one year due to a technical problem.
Around 425 hearings of major trials scheduled to be held in the magistrate and sessions court will be affected due to the postponement.
Over 9,500 police personnel have been deployed at different Ganesh mandals and sensitive areas in the city.
Public prosecutors have requested judges to either adjourn the cases or put off the hearing for a date after the festival is concluded.
The video conferencing system between the Yerwada prison and Shivajinagar court was introduced in 2005 for the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam case trial , involving Abdul Karim Telgi.
District Government Pleader Ujjwala Pawar said, “The absence of police will certainly affected a large number of hearings. But some trials, in which there is no need of the accused or undertrial, can be conducted. In many cases recording of witness’ statements is going on.”
Admitting that the video conferencing facility has been shut for a year now, Vidya Mishra, registrar of the district and sessions court, said, “I will find out whether the problem is from the jail administration or at our end.”