Supreme Court Directs All State Governments to Install CCTV in Police Station

Today, the Supreme Court has directed all the State and UT Governments to install CCTV Cameras in each and every Police Station.

A Bench of Hon’ble Justice R.F. Nariman, Justice K.M. Joseph and Justice Aniruddha Bose has passed the directives.

The Court observed that these directives for installation of CCTV shall be implemented by all the Governments in its true letter and spirit. This directive is equally applicable to the Investigating agencies of the Central Government like CBI, NIA etc.

This Judgment has been passed in the SLP filed by oe Paramvir Singh Saini, who raised the issue regarding video- audio recording of the statements made in Police Station and installation of CCTV cameras.

Hon’ble Judges noted that earlier in the case of Shafhi Mohammad vs State of H.P. reported in (2018) 5 SCC 311, the Supreme Court has directed for crime scene videography with effect from 15.07.2018. The Court had also directed for installation of CCTV cameras for checking violation of human rights.

The Court has directed the Cabinet Secretary/Principal Secretary/Home Secretary of Each State to file an Affidavit within 6 weeks in the Supreme Court giving timelines for Compliance of Order of the Supreme Court.

Following are the directives issued by the Supreme Court (in Short):

  1. CCTV cameras shall be installed in such a manner that all parts of the police station are covered.All entry, exit points, lockup, lobby, Officers Room, etc should be duly covered.
  2. CCTV should be Night Vision and have features of audio recording.Areas where Internet facility is not available shall be provided such facility expeditiously by providing solar power.
  3. Data of CCTV should be stored for atleast 18 months.
  4. SHO shall be responsible for maintenance and ensuring working condition of CCTVs. If CCTV is not working SHO shall inform the DLOC.
  5. DGP/IG Police of each state to issue direction to the incharge of Police Station for ensuring working condition of CCTVs.
  6. An Oversight Committee shall be constituted at State and District level to monitor the implementation of Directives of Supreme Court.
  7. The Judgment provides the constitution and obligation of such committees.
  8. Human Rights Commission can call for the CCTV footage, while dealing with complaints of police atrocities.
  9. In case of Human Rights violation by investigating agencies like police, CBI, ED, NIA etc, the victim has a right to get copy of CCTV footage.

Case Details

Title- PARAMVIR SINGH SAINI vs. BALJIT SINGH 

Case No.-SLP (CRIMINAL) NO.3543 of 2020]

CORAM: Justice RF Nariman, Justice KM Joseph and Justice Aniruddha Bose

Date of Order- 02-12-2020

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