The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked the government to implement its orders regarding installation of CCTV cameras in police stations in “letter and spirit.”
The state has initiated the process of installing CCTV cameras in 25 police stations as part of a pilot project.
A bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing a bunch of petitions, including a public interest litigation, on the increasing number of custodial deaths in Maharashtra.
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Senior counsel appearing for the petitioner, Yug Choudhury said that no cameras had been installed in the lock-ups of Colaba police stations. Similarly, after going through the report submitted by the home department joint secretary, he pointed out that cameras had not been installed in the offices of some senior officers.
“The chart annexed shows that CCTV cameras have not been installed in every room in the police stations, including the lock-ups. There are no cameras in the office cabins of senior officers in some police stations,” said the court.
“The directions of this court have not been complied with in respect of the pilot project pertaining to installing CCTV cameras in 25 police stations. Accordingly, we direct the state government to comply with the said direction in letter and spirit,” said Justice More. The court has granted the joint secretary four weeks to file an affidavit in this regard.
Public prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh appearing for the government stated that funds were required to complete this exercise.” We have taken up this exercise across Maharashtra,” he said.
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