The Delhi High Court, directing Tihar Jail officials to submit an inquiry report into the jail violence, has asked investigators to explain the “complete details” on why CCTVs were not working when the alleged assault took place inside the jail premises on September 14.
The observation comes after the Delhi Police, through its affidavit filed before the court, said that CCTV cameras were not-functional “since September 13”. The alleged assault took place the next morning.
“The reply filed on record shows that CCTV cameras were not functioning. The counsel for petitioner submits that the averments so made cannot be relied upon as this averment is only made to conceal the truth. In para-wise reply, complete details would be given as to when it was detected that the CCTV cameras were not working? If they were not working, since when? Whether any complaint for repair was made? If yes, then when,” the High Court ordered.
The Delhi Police, in its status report, had informed the High Court: “Unfortunately, the units of phase I and phase II of the CCTV cameras were not functional in the Central Jail Number 3 since the evening of September 13 and necessary information was given to the prison headquarters.”
Undertrial Jamal, the petitioner in the case, who alleged assault by the prison staff, moved a court plea seeking CCTV footage of the incident.