493 courts, 347 jails to have video conferencing facility

Video conferencing helps courts connect with jails, and can ensure speedy trial of the accused who are lodged in jails in different districts


A file photo of the Tihar Jail. Photo: HT
A file photo of the Tihar Jail. Photo: HT

New Delhi: Video conferencing facilities have been extended to 493 courts and 347 jails under phase 1 of the central government’s e-courts project.

This data was released in a written response by law minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to a question raised in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

“Equipment has been delivered at more than 800 locations,” the response said.

E-courts and computerization of court rooms have received considerable focus from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre.

Gowda’s reply also said that under Phase II of the e-courts project, the government aimed to reach 2,500 courts and 800 jails.

In September 2013, one such e-court with video conferencing facility was inaugurated in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

The e-courts website highlights that video conferencing helps courts connect with jails, and can ensure speedy trial of the accused who are lodged in jails in different districts. It is also considered to be an important tool in trials related to child sexual offences and offences against women, according to the website.