[COVID-19] In first remand cases, accused to be produced in person before Magistrate; Video conference in exceptional cases: Karnataka HC

[COVID-19] In first remand cases, accused to be produced in person before Magistrate; Video conference in exceptional cases: Karnataka HC

Even as COVID-19 cases in the state see an upswing, the Karnataka High Court on Monday held that accused in first remand cases shall only be produced before the Magistrate in person and not via video conferencing.

However, the Court added that in certain exceptional cases, first remand cases may be permitted through video conferencing and same shall be in line with the directions issued by the Apex Court on April 6, 2020.

The order was passed in a suo motu PIL registered by the Karnataka High Court seeking to address the various legal and technical issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that may arise before the district and trial courts from June 1.

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