Have CCTVs been installed in police stations, asks HC

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked city police to file its response on whether CCTV cameras have been installed in police stations, particularly those covering 44 “red flagged” locations identified as sensitive based on an extensive crime mapping exercise.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked Delhi Police to also file the list of 44 vulnerable areas identified by it earlier.

During the hearing, on the issue of installation of CCTV camera and sharing of live feeds, the bench said the feed of the proposed 6000 CCTV cameras to be installed at vulnerable areas in the capital has to go to Delhi Police first.

“If you see something happening, who will be answerable? Delhi Police or a legislator? Delhi Police should get direct feed as it will do the real-time monitoring,” it said.

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The court’s remark came after AAP government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra sought that the government should be allowed to share the feed and added that it was willing to execute the project at Rs.20 crore against Delhi Police’s proposed Rs.400 crore.

The high court said it would discuss the Delhi government and police proposals regarding installation of CCTVs on the next date of hearing on February 17.

The court was hearing a PIL initiated by it after the December 16, 2012 gangrape incident in which it has been giving directions on the issues of women safety including appointing more police personnel, setting up additional forensic labs and a victim compensation fund.

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