Delhi police Stations to have CCTV cameras : Supreme Court’s direction to Delhi Police Commission

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New Delhi: As per directions of the honorable Apex Judicial Authority of India, Supreme Court, the Delhi police to install in their all Police Stations, Closed- Circuit Television ( CCTV ) cameras within the period of two months.

Having its concern in relation to the behavior of the Police persons from Delhi towards the victims (particularly Women) bringing complaints to them, honorable Apex Court’s Bench comprising of Chief Justice H. L. Dattu and Justice S. A. Bobde required Delhi Police Commission to ensure installation of said CCTV cameras at the conspicuous places in Delhi’s all Police Stations, within the time specified i.e. 2 months.

Further, the Bench has also required the Commissioner of Delhi Police to furnish report ensuring the said installation along with details of cameras already installed, including functioning cameras’ numbers.

It was required by the Bench of Apex Court saying that, the police to file affidavit telling the Court, about the already installed CCTV cameras and how may out of those are functioning. The Bench has fixed the matter for its next hearing on next month’s 11th day.

The Bench has issued these directions while dealing with the case of Woman Lawyer from the SC, who was manhandled allegedly by some police persons and others inside the Police Station of National Capital, Delhi in the last year, in the month of April.

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Originally, the matter was not put forwarded by the Victim Woman Lawyer of SC, but the incident was taken Suo Motu cognizance by the Hon’ble Court based on the letter communicated by another Woman Advocate, Ms. Mahalakshmi Pavani, in which now the Court has required the explanation from the Delhi Police.

Honorable Court had further appointed Senior Advocate, Mr. Vijay Hansaria, to provide for his suggestions in respect of the matter, as amicus curiae.

Learned Counsel appearing for the Delhi Police, Mr. Sidharth Luthra, senior Advocate, had accepted most of the suggestions made by Amicus Curiae, Senior Advocate, Mr. Vijay Hansaria and following which the Hon’ble Court’s bench had directed investigation of the matter to the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The concerned Special Cell was further directed to register an FIR in relation to the said matter and thereafter start investigating persons and also police personnel who are being involved in the said matter.

Suggestions of Mr. Vijay Hansaria as to transfer of concerned Police Personnel, accused of assault by the Woman Lawyer, to another different Police Station, during the pendency of matter, was, however, refused to accept by the Court.

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 by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan.