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There should be both audio and video footage of CCTV cameras of police stations: Delhi High Court

New Delhi, May 28 (Agency)

The Delhi High Court has said that CCTV cameras installed in police stations should have both audio and video footage. The court asked a local police station to explain why the audio system was not installed there as directed by the Supreme Court. Justice Anu Malhotra, while considering a petition relating to alleged obstruction being faced by the petitioner in discharging his official and religious duties as Imam of a mosque, observed that the apex court has categorically directed that police stations, lock down CCTVs should be installed in ups, corridors, reception areas, inspectors’ rooms, station halls etc. The Court observed that in the present case, while the video footage of Nabi Karim Police Station was preserved but the audio footage was not available.

The petitioner alleged in his plea that a person who is managing the mosque ‘illegally’ threatened him with dire consequences and treated him with inhuman and degrading treatment in the presence of the SHO at the police station. The entire incident was caught on CCTV cameras installed inside the SHO’s room, but no legal action was taken, he said. He requested to preserve both the audio and video footage. The court, in its order dated May 27, said, “The Supreme Court has categorically directed that CCTV cameras be installed in police stations, lock-ups, corridors, reception areas, inspectors’ rooms, station halls etc. CCTV cameras should have both audio and video footage.

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