The Supreme Court has issued an order in a case involving the installation of CCTV cameras in police stations across the country. The Supreme Court has ordered the installation of CCTV cameras along with audio recordings in the offices of the CBI, NIA, Directorate of Enforcement, NCB, DRI and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office. In addition, all police stations in the state have been ordered to install CCTV cameras with audio recording facilities.
The court on Tuesday ruled that CCTV cameras should be installed at the entrances and exits of police stations. In addition, CCTV cameras should be installed in lockups, corridors, lobbies, waiting rooms, sub-inspectors and inspectors’ rooms, outside the police station and outside the washroom. The court also ruled that the camera was required to have a 18-month recording. States have been asked to comply with the order within six weeks. The apex court ruled that the order was based on Article 21 of the Constitution.
The bench of Justice RF Narimam, Justice KM Joseph and Justice Aniruddha Bose has directed that senior advocate Siddhartha Dabe, Amicus Curie to prepare a comprehensive note by Friday on the question of safeguarding and consolidating CCTV footage for more than 45 days.
In 2018, the Supreme Court ordered the installation of CCTV in every police station in the country to deal with the rising prison death toll. In the case, the Supreme Court asked CCTV for information on September 16, 2020 at the police station. The court asked the chief secretaries of all the states to file a reply by November 24.
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