The security arrangements at Karkardooma Court complex came under the scanner following Wednesday’s shooting.
Police are yet to ascertain how the four ‘juveniles’ managed to sneak the four weapons past five scanning machines, six metal detectors, and CCTV cameras on the premises.
Sources in the District Bar Association told The Indian Express that of the over 100 CCTV cameras on the court complex, at least 86 were found to be non-functional, as of December 1. “There are enough CCTV cameras inside the complex. Today’s incident has exposed that breach in security,” said a senior member of the bar.
Despite the metal detectors and scanning machines, the court complex faces a crunch in the deployment of security officials to man them, said a source.
“The sanctioned strength is around 80 security officials for deployment at various entry and exit points. However, there is a huge crunch. At various points, litigants enter the premises without any check, despite the metal detectors,” added the source.
The district court complex, established in 1997, is yet to get a permanent police outpost.
“The police post in court complex was temporary and the plea seeking authorisation for a permanent ‘police chowki’ on the premises is pending with the Ministry of Home Affairs… The security arrangement at the trial courts should be similar to the Supreme Court and the High Court,” said advocate Mahesh Sharma, president of the Shahdara Bar Association.
The Karkardooma District Court complex deals with cases coming under the jurisdiction of East District, North East District and Shahdara district in the capital.
Sources said soon after Wednesday’s shooting, judicial officers held a meeting with senior police officials to discuss security arrangements on the court premises.