Jammu: Concerned over the security of notorious criminals and militants while taking them to the courts, the government is planning to introduce e-courts in its prisons by 2012. This will facilitate a system in which criminals will be able to depose before the judges through video conferencing.

Initially, three prisons will have the facility of video conferencing for their inmates- Court Bhalwal, District Jail and Central Jail of Srinagar.

The National Infotech Centre has been given the responsibility of equipping the jails with e-conferencing.

For the record, 256 dreaded criminals including six women are lodged in 14 jails of the state. Most of them have been imprisoned for their involvement in gruesome acts of crime. Often security forces have to escort criminals to courts which raise concerns of their safety and incur heavy expenditure on the Home Department.

Meanwhile, the state government has sanctioned Rs 70 crore for the purpose.

E-court is need of the hour: DG

According to Jammu and Kashmir Director General Prisons Naveen Aggarwal, the e-courts will be beneficial in speeding up the court cases.