Written by Ananthakrishnan G
| New Delhi |
December 3, 2020 3:49:12 am
The Supreme Court had within the D Okay Basu vs State of West Bengal case of 2015 directed that CCTVs be put in in all police stations and prisons to verify human rights abuses. The Supreme Court on Wednesday requested States and Union Territories to “ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in each and every Police Station functioning” of their respective limits and to retailer the recording for no less than one 12 months.
A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Okay M Joseph and Aniruddha Bose in its judgement additionally requested the Centre “to install CCTV cameras and recording equipment in the offices of” the CBI, NIA, ED, NCB, DRI, SFIO and “any other agency which carries out interrogations and has the power of arrest”.
The ruling got here on a plea by one Paramvir Singh Saini, who raised the difficulty of audio-video recording of statements of witnesses and set up of CCTVs in police stations.
The Supreme Court had within the D Okay Basu vs State of West Bengal case of 2015 directed that CCTVs be put in in all police stations and prisons to verify human rights abuses.
However, when it sought a standing report from states and UTs within the current matter, 14 states and two UTs responded. The “majority” of them lacked particulars on set up and dealing of CCTV cameras in police stations.
In Wednesday’s judgement, the courtroom stated that to make sure that no a part of a police station is left uncovered, “it is imperative to ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at all entry and exit points; main gate of the police station; all lock-ups; all corridors; lobby/the reception area; all verandas/outhouses, Inspector’s room; Sub-Inspector’s room; areas outside the lock-up room; station hall; in front of the police station compound; outside (not inside) washrooms/toilets; Duty Officer’s room; back part of the police station etc.”
The CCTV methods should be night-vision outfitted and should report each video and audio, the courtroom stated, asking the federal government to offer electrical energy and Internet in areas which lack these “as expeditiously as possible using any mode of providing electricity, including solar/wind power”.
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