Thanks to WhatsApp video, man paralysed in accident is able to give evidence in court

For the first time in Pune, messaging application WhatsApp was used to communicate with a man in Kolhapur in Maharashtra, who is paralysed from the waist down.

Subhash Yadav was paralysed from the waist down in an accident in 2016. He was unable to come to court. The video conferencing unit in the court was out of order, so the court decided to conduct the procedure on WhatsApp.

The examination and cross-examination were conducted successfully, but the lawyers for the accused in the accident case were unhappy. They claimed no precautions were taken during the video call.

Yadav was a waiter working at a a restaurant on the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway. He had gone to the hotel to collect his salary when he was hit by a car. Police traced the car to Prashant Patel living in Kothrud. Patel was booked Patel under many sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and the Motor Vehicles Act.

When the court realized that he was paralysed and was unable to move, permission was granted to conduct his examination through video-conferencing.

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