Have CCTV Cameras Been Installed In Police Stations? Allahabad HC Asks State [Read Order]
Has the Uttar Pradesh Government installed CCTV cameras to monitor police stations in the state, the Allahabad High Court has demanded to know.
Justice AR Masoodi demanded information in this regard in order to ascertain the manner in which police officials are dealing with public grievances.
The order was passed on a habeas corpus petition filed by one Rishi Kapoor, on behalf of his mother, Sudha Kapoor, alleging that the latter was illegally detained at the Aashiyana police station. His petition has demanded that she be produced before the court and be further set at liberty.
Hearing the petition, the court directed Sub Inspector Ajit Kumar, Aashiyana, Lucknow to submit a report on the manner in which the custody and welfare of the alleged detenue is being ensured. He was directed to be present in person on November 27, which is the next date of hearing.
“The Court would also proceed to consider as to whether the CCTV Cameras have been installed in all the police stations so as to have first hand information of the manner in which the public grievances are dealt with,” it further ordered. Additional Advocate General VK Shahi has been directed to assist the court in this regard.
It may be noted here that the Supreme Court had, in July, 2015, directed the Central government and all State governments to install CCTV cameras in all the prisons across the country and take a call on installing them in police lock-ups, if the circumstances so require. You may read all directions issued by the court here.