Supreme Court directs Centre to install CCTV cameras in offices of CBI, ED, NIA – All Agencies which interrogate

    The Supreme Court directed the Centre on Wednesday to install CCTV cameras and recording equipment at the offices of investigating agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigations, the Enforcement Directorate and National Investigation Agency (NIA), which conduct interrogations and have the power of arrest.

    A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman said that states and Union Territories (UTs) should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at each and every police station, at all entry and exit points, main gate, lock-ups, corridors, lobby and reception as also areas outside the lock-up rooms so that no part is left uncovered.

    The apex court had in 2018 ordered installation of CCTV cameras in police stations to check human rights abuses. It said further that the CCTV systems must be equipped with night vision and have audio as well as video footage and it shall be compulsory for the Centre, states and UTs to purchase such systems which allow storage of data for maximum period possible, at least one year.