CCTV In Police Stations

In order to put a check Human Rights Violations, All Police Stations as well as Prisons in the State will be covered under CCTV Cameras, officials admit.

With clear cut direction from the Supreme Court of India, the Union Government has asked the State Government to immediately initiate steps to install CCTV Cameras in the Police Stations and Prisons.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the State Government to implement the program in a time bound manner, official sources said.

DGP Odisha will be heading the State Level Steering Committee for implementation of the Program of Videography of Crime Scenes, Crime, and places.

An IPS Officer in the rank of ADG/IG will be designated as Nodal Officer for spearheading the massive expansion of photography and videography in investigation.

This officer will be given authority to review progress at periodic intervals and take necessary steps in this regard, said sources.

State Government will select cities and districts to begin installing CCTV Cameras in Police Stations and Prisons on Pilot Basis, which can be replicated in future.

Secondly as MHA has already constituted Central Oversight Body (COB), the State Government will set up State Oversight Body (SOB) , an Independent Committee to study CCTV Camera footage and periodically publish report of its observations, said a senior official in Department of Home.

State Government will update the Central Oversight Body with regard to availability of equipment for videography of crime scenes, crimes and places, where videography is already taken, availability of man power and funding requirement.

Six Cities of the country Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Chandigarh has been chosen for implementation of the Project in First Phase.
In order to strengthen Rule of Law by digitally recording and preserving evidence, the Supreme Court has recently directed the Union Government to employ videography in probe, particularly for crime investigations. 

A Bench comprising Justices A K Goel and R F Nariman directed the Centre to appoint trained videographers in a period of three months in every district, while approving the plan of action prepared by a committee, constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on use of videography in police investigation.
The Apex Court also pointed out that recording of crime scene with higher resolution photography will come handy for forensic analysis. The Bench said: “New techniques and devices have evidentiary advantages, subject to the safeguards to be adopted. Such techniques and devices are the order of the day. Technology is a great tool in investigation. With videography, crucial evidence can be captured and presented in a credible manner.”
Now with availability of technology, the quality of investigation will not only receiving boost but also with videography, the footage will be available as evidence for fair and proper investigation of the crime in courts.

And Action Taken Report (ATR) will be submitted to Government of India by 15 July in this regard, said sources.

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