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Bombay HC bats for CCTV cameras in police stations, directs cops to maintain daily register

MUMBAI – Even as the Supreme Court directed installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across all police stations in the country on December 2, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court, on the same day, went a step ahead and directed police stations in the state to maintain a register detailing the daily functioning of the said CCTV cameras to prevent custodial torture. The directions were prompted after the HC expressed surprise that many police stations are used to make submissions that the CCTV systems were not functional when footage was sought by the courts in cases pertaining to alleged harassment in police stations. The bench observed that the register would enable to ascertain the truthfulness of the claims of police regarding non-functional CCTV systems of the day in question.

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