New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Center to install CCTV cameras and recording equipment at the offices of investigative agencies, including the CBI, ED and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which conduct interrogations and have the power to stop.
A bench led by Judge RF Nariman said states and Union Territories (UTs) should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in every police station, making them imperative at all points. entry and exit, to the main door, to all locks, to all corridors. , lobby and reception area as well as areas outside the cloakroom.
The Supreme Court, which previously ordered CCTV cameras installed in police stations to check for human rights violations, said most investigative agencies, including the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Department of Tax Information and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, conducted interrogations in their offices, CCTV cameras are “compulsorily installed” in all offices where such interrogations take place and where the accused are detained.
He said the CCTV systems must be equipped with night vision and have audio and video footage and that it will be mandatory for the Center, States and UTs to purchase such a system that allows data storage. for the maximum possible period, and in any case not less than one year.
“In addition, the Indian Union is also responsible for installing CCTV cameras and recording equipment in the offices of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agency, the Directorate of Law Enforcement. laws, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Tax Intelligence Department, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), any other body that conducts interrogations and has the power to arrest, “said the judiciary, also made up of judges KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose.
“As most of these agencies conduct interrogations in their office (s), video surveillance must be installed in all offices where such interrogations and detentions of accused take place in the same way as in a police station. police, “the judiciary said in a statement. his order.
The highest court declared that in September of this year, it had questioned all the States and UT in the matter to know the exact position of the CCTV cameras in each police station as well as the constitution of the surveillance committees in accordance with to April 3, 2018 order.
The Supreme Court, while hearing a case related to torture in detention, took note in July this year of a 2017 case in which it ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in all police stations to check for human rights violations, crime scene videography. , and the establishment of a central monitoring committee and such a panel in each State and territory of the Union.