No security in high-risk district court complex
Although police have been undertaking a security audit of malls, hotels and other commercial establishments, the authorities have done precious little to step up security around one of the high-risk areas of the city - the district court complex. Deevakar Anand and Badri Chatterji report.gurgaon Updated: Apr 10, 2013 01:08 IST
Although police have been undertaking a security audit of malls, hotels and other commercial establishments, the authorities have done precious little to step up security around one of the high-risk areas of the city - the district court complex.
Not even a single gate (of the total 20) of the complex - located just a stone's throw from the police control room - is guarded. There are eight gates which lead directly to the main court corridor. No metal detectors or scanners have been put in place to keep a check on visitors.
Police authorities have failed to learn lessons from past experiences. The court complex had witnessed several shooting incidents in the past. In 2006, three persons were killed after a shootout took place in the court premises.
"A visitor can easily walk into a courtroom of any judge without being stopped. There are no guards or marshals to frisk the visitor," said a lawyer.
According to Supreme Court guidelines, entry/exit gates to courts should be guarded and visitors should be properly checked to prevent violent incidents in the court premises.
A senior court official said there are 32 CCTV cameras installed in courtrooms and judges' chambers. However, there is no mechanism to monitor the footages from these cameras.
"There should be sufficient police presence to prevent incidents of shooting inside court complex. Gangs often target their undertrial rivals when they are brought to courts for hearing," said another lawyer.
The official claimed that each judicial officer has been provided with two policemen to take care of their personal security. "But they intervene only when there is a threat to the judicial officer's security," added the official. There are 27 judicial officers in the court
However, the city police claimed that cops in plain clothes have been deployed in the court complex to take care of the security. But HT team that undertook a reality check failed to spot even a single policeman
Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal told HT that he would look into the issue of security lapses at the complex, and if required, a complete security audit would be conducted there.