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CCTVs installed in district court of no use

It’s been five years that CCTV cameras were installed in the district court complex here, but no court official knows how to store footage and convert it into transferable form like CD. Deevakar Anand reports.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2012 00:49 IST
Deevakar Anand

It’s been five years that CCTV cameras were installed in the district court complex here, but no court official knows how to store footage and convert it into transferable form like CD. In case of an untoward incident, this may hinder the investigation process. “No official is trained to operate/ prepare a floppy/ diskette of the CCTV recording,” the office of district and sessions court wrote to the public works department (PWD) on December 19, asking if it could help fix the problem. The office of district and sessions judge had asked the PWD to “get the needful done”, after an RTI application filed in court sought the CCTV footage from November 1 to 25.

PWD executive engineer (electricals) could not be contacted. However, the department has to respond to the RTI plea, which has been passed to it by the court officials. PWD had installed CCTV cameras in the court in 2006, after a criminal was shot in the complex.

RTI applicant Aseem Takyar said, “I doubt if the cameras installed in the court work properly. I asked for the footage in larger public interest.” A former district judge had got some 24 cameras installed in the complex, including the courtrooms. While the ones inside courtrooms were removed after a directive from the Punjab and Haryana HC, those installed outside court numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are static.