CCTV systems must necessarily consist of audio as well as video footage in all the Police Station: Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court

DELHI: The Delhi High Court directed that CCTVs installed in police stations should have audio as well as video footage and asked a local police station to explain why an audio system was not installed there as directed by the Supreme Court.

The Bench held by Justice Anu Malhotra noted that the Supreme Court has expressly directed that CCTVs are to be installed in police stations, lock-ups, corridors, reception areas, inspector’s rooms, station hall, etc. and that in the present case, while the video footage of Nabi Karim Police Station was preserved, the audio footage was not available.

Bench Observed this while dealing with a plea concerning an alleged hindrance being caused to the petitioner in performing his official and religious duties as an imam of a Masjid.

The Court Said,

“It is essential to observe that in view of the verdict of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in ‘Paramvir Singh Saini vs Baljit Singh & Others’…has expressly directed that the CCTVs have essentially to be installed in the police stations, lock-ups, corridors, lobbies, reception areas, verandas/outhouses…and that the said CCTV systems have to be equipped with night vision and must necessarily consist of audio as well as video footage,”

The petitioner alleged that the “self-styled caretaker” who was “illegally” managing the masjid had threatened the accused with dire consequences and subjected him to inhuman and degrading treatment in the presence of the SHO in the police station.

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