Allowing a PIL filed by one Dilip K Basu seeking prison reforms and filling of the vacancies of the state human rights commission, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Union government and all the states to install CCTV cameras in all the prisons across the country and take a call on installing them in police lock-ups, if there are incidents.
A bench of the Apex Court comprising of Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi in their judgment said that CCTV cameras should be installed in the prisons within one year but not later than a year. The court also suggested that all lock-ups in the country should have CCTV cameras installed as per the satisfaction of the police commissioner/ DGP concerned. This was, however, left to the discretion of the respective states and Union territories.
The Supreme Court also said that every police station should have at least two women constables to deal with women who are accused or suspects.
Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice T S Thakur further asked all the state governments to fill up the vacancies in the state human rights commissions within a period of three months. The Apex Court also directed the union territories to set up state human rights commission, noting that none of the them, including Delhi, have their own state human rights commission.
The suggestions made by amicus curiae appointed by the Court to render assistance to it in the matter, namely senior lawyers Abhishek Manu and PK Mullick were also taken into consideration by the Supreme Court while passing orders in the petition.
Here is the new Nine Directions issued by the Court
1. The States of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland shall within a period of six months from today set up State Human Rights Commissions for their respective territories with or without resort to provisions of Section 21(6) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
It was in D.K.Basu -1 , Supreme Court issued the following landmark Guidelines relating to Arrest and Custody which later became part of chapter V of Code of Criminal Procedure Code.
(1) The police personnel carrying out the arrest and handling the interrogation of the arrestee should bear accurate, visible and clear identification and name togs with their designations. The particulars of all such police personnel who handle interrogation of the arrestee must be recorded in a register.
Read the Judgment here.