New Delhi, Jan 13 (Agencies): Delhi police has approached a city court seeking trial of TV journalist Saumya Vishwanathan's murder case through video conferencing saying the accused had tried to escape from police custody.

In an application to the court of Additional Sessions Judge R Kiran Nath, Special Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan has sought the trial through video conferencing on several grounds, including an abortive bid by the accused and gangster Ravi Kapoor to escape from the custody.

"In this case, Kapoor also attempted to escape from the custody. He is being produced in handcuffs. He is in the habit of delaying the trial by making various applications," the prosecutor said.

Kapoor had tried to escape from police custody last June from Safdarjung Hospital by throwing chilly powder in the eyes of policemen escorting him. He had been taken there for a medical examination.

"For the reason of this behaviour, the trial in the cases was not proceeding further," the application said pointing out that a number of officials have to be engaged in ferrying the accused from jail to produce him in the court.

The court, taking note of plea, directed Kapoor and his other accomplices to file their replies and fixed the matter for arguments on January 24.