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Delhi HC directs the police to install CCTVs at vulnerable areas in the city

Published on 14 Dec 2017 by Team

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Continuing with its efforts to make Delhi safe for women, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government and the Delhi Police to ensure that CCTVs are installed at all vulnerable areas in the city within eight weeks and all dark spots are lit up while stressing against shuttling the issue of augmenting the police force between ministries.

A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva was informed by the Delhi government on Monday that procurement process is underway for the purchase of 1.4 lakh cameras in pursuance of the court’s September 23, 2015, order wherein the government had assured that CCTVs would be procured and installed at the relevant spots/places identified by the police.

At this, the court ordered, “Directions are, hereby, issued to the Delhi Government (through the concerned Department, i.e. PWD and any other agency, which may be mandated to carry out the task) and the Delhi Police to coordinate upon this issue. The The Delhi Police shall indicate or prepare a list of the areas/spots where the CCTV cameras are to be installed for this purpose.”

“The Government of NCT of Delhi shall ensure that the procurement of CCTV cameras is completed and the CCTV cameras are installed in the vulnerable areas in coordination with the Delhi Police within eight weeks from today,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police, represented by four senior officers, i.e. three Special Commissioners of Police and a Joint Commissioner of Police, submitted before the bench that the police is in the process of compilation of report with respect to 10 police stations where CCTVs were installed and that in 2003-04, 108 police stations were equipped with CCTVs (without recording facilities) and an appropriate attempt would be made to procure CCTVs with the facility of recording for all 192 police stations.

To this, the court was of the opinion that “while at the stage of procurement and operationalization, the Delhi Police should also ensure that CCTV footage of the cameras, installed in these police stations, is saved with reasonable archivable time of 1 to 3 months.

It directed that CCTVs be installed in police chowkis also, after being informed that 42 police chowkis were being treated as police stations.

The court directed that on December 14, the next date of hearing, the Delhi Police shall indicate the location, by description, of the CCTV cameras to be installed in the police stations and ensure that public areas are also covered.

The court order comes on three petitions – one of which was taken up suo motu by the court after the December 16 gangrape case and two other petitions moved by Ajay Gautam and Nandita Dhar.

Source – livelaw.com



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