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Calcutta HC disposes of PIL for mandatory CCTV installation in vehicles in West Bengal

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The Calcutta High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought mandatory installation of CCTVs in all motor vehicles registered and plying in West Bengal.

When the matter was taken up on July 5, the counsel appearing for petitioner submitted that he is confining the prayer to public vehicles and seeks liberty to file appropriate representation in this regard to the competent authority.

Having regard to the aforesaid submission of the counsel for petitioner and keeping in view the fact that the issue which the petitioner is raising needs consideration at the first instance by the competent authority, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj disposed of the petition granting liberty to the petitioner to file an appropriate representation before the competent authority in respect of the issue raised in the above submission and on filing such representation, the competent authority will duly take a decision thereon in accordance with law.

The Bench clarified that it has not expressed any opinion on the plea raised by the petitioner. Accordingly, the present petition is disposed of.

It Is pertinent to note that the PIL has been filed by one Mithun Mondal. Citing various crimes in moving vehicles, the petitioner prayed for a direction to respondent authorities to make necessary amendment in Chapter VII of West Bengal Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and make installation of CCTV in vehicles mandatory.

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