P&H HC orders state police to video-record the entire time gangster Bishnoi is in custody

After the Vikas Dubey encounter by the UP Police, gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, 35, who is currently confined in Bharatpur Jail in Rajasthan, had moved a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, fearing threat to his life in a FIR filed at Sirsa.

Bishnoi filed another petition against the UT Chandigarh Police in which he had contended that his physical presence in respect to the investigation in FIR dated May 31st, 2020, under Sections 452, 307 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, be waived and he be interrogated through video conferencing and if required to be taken out of jail, be handcuffed.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed his plea and ordered the two states’ Police to videotape the entire transit of the accused when he is in their custody. It was respectfully stated by the counsel for the UT police that videography from end-to-end, which would be an exercise of 10-12 hours, is neither feasible nor practical, in view of the heavy deployment of police force proposed for the transit purposes.

The bench solely comprising of Justice G. Singh Gill directed the police to bring petitioner (Lawrence) from Rajasthan to Chandigarh by the Chandigarh Police only after obtaining requisite production warrants as per provisions of law and will be produced before the Illaqa Magistrate.

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