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Supreme Court asks Centre, states to clarify position on CCTV cameras in police stations

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Union government to clarify what exactly its position is vis-à-vis CCTV cameras in police stations, because this involves the fundamental rights of the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution. The Court has asked for the data to be furnished positively before the next date of hearing, which is November 24.

The bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee issued the order, while hearing a plea filed by Paramvir Singh Saini, who has raised the issue of audio-video recording of statements and of the installation of CCTV cameras in police stations.

Ms Madhavi Divan, Additional Solicitor General, appearing for the Union of India submitted that she will get whatever figures are with her and place them on affidavit before the next date of hearing.

The court has impleaded all states and union territories and asked them to inform the court about the exact position of each police station. The Registry has been directed to issue notice to the Chief Secretary of each state and union territory to respond on the following points: What exactly is the position with respect to CCTV cameras fitted in each and every police station in the state or union territory and What is the position of the constitution of oversight committees in accordance with the court’s previous order of April 3, 2018.

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The Court stated that it expects the chief secretaries of the states and union territories to take the matter seriously and in right earnest as it involves the fundamental rights of the citizen under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

-India Legal Bureau

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