Khairlanji Verdict & Technology
The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court would pronounce its verdict on sensational Khairlanji killings on Wednesday at 10.30 am. The judgment will be delivered via video-conferencing as one of the judges of the division bench Justice Ravindra Chavan is posted at Mumbai. The other judge Justice Avinash Lavande, being the senior, will pronounce the verdict from Nagpur. According to a senior official, the much-awaited verdict would be delivered in the conference room of the high court, perhaps first time in a criminal case. Ijaz Khan, counsel for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said this was first case of a judgment being delivered via video-conferencing in a criminal case. “I’ve not heard about this even at Mumbai,” he said. Criminal lawyer Rajendra Daga said overall this would be third occasion of judgments being delivered through video-conferencing. “Earlier, two civil pleas were disposed of via video-conferencing. One was by Justice SR Dongaonkar who was in Mumbai and another by Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari who was at Goa bench,” he said. Some cases relating to stamp paper scam were also decided via video-conferencing as he was jailed in Pune’s Yerawada prison. All eyes will be on the verdict as both the parties have raised the ante in the case. While prosecution is rooting for death sentence for all the accused and is also challenging their acquittal under Atrocities Act, the defence obviously wants sentences handed by lower court to be reduced. Bhandara sessions court had awarded capital punishment to six accused and lifer to two.
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