Refusing to learn from past incidents where gang wars have led to open firing inside the district court complex in Gurgaon, the court authorities seem to have swept the issue of safety and security of thousands of lawyers and litigants under the carpet.
A reality check by Hindustan Times has found serious security lapses in the district court premises.
Apart from absence of metal detectors, the complex even lacks proper CCTV cameras. The ones that were installed five years ago in the aftermath of a shooting incident in the court corridors are of no use.
As established in an RTI query recently, no court official knows how to store video footage for further use or save it on portable devices such as CDs. In case of an untoward incident, this may seriously hinder the investigation process.
Moreover, nearly half-a-dozen unauthorised gates can be seen around the court premises despite a Supreme Court directive that allows only monitored exit and entry points in all court complexes across the country. These small gates facilitate uninterrupted and unchecked access to the lawyer chambers.
Surprisingly, even entry to the court rooms, including the District and Sessions judge, is unmanned.
No verification is done, nobody is frisked for arms and no baggage is screened.
Though court authorities are aware of the security lapses, especially the CCTVs, they continue to pass the buck on the Public Works Department that had installed them.
No court official, including a senior judge that Hindustan Times managed to speak with, agreed to comment on the issue.