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In the case of setting up CCTV in agencies like CBI, EC, the SC scolds the Center saying ‘citizens’ rights …’.

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The Supreme Court today held a hearing on the installation of CCTV in central investigative agencies like CBI, ED, NCB and NIA and reprimanded the central and state governments for incomplete information and delays in installing cameras.

The Supreme Court has reprimanded the central government for setting up CCTV in central investigative agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Director of Enforcement, the Bureau of Narcotics Control and the National Investigation Agency. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it looked like the government was pulling back. The court said the decision was related to the fundamental rights of citizens and the court was concerned about the fundamental rights of citizens.

The Supreme Court said it was not accepting the Centre’s excuse to postpone the hearing. The court also reprimanded the Bihar and Madhya Pradesh governments for installing CCTV in police stations and said they were not respecting the court order.

The court gave the states time to set up CCTV

The SC has directed the Center to inform the court within three weeks how much funds have been allocated for the central agencies and when the CCTV will be set up. The SC also reprimanded the states for not installing CCTV and directed allocation of funds and installation of CCTV. “We have nothing to do with the lack of funds, we are instructing you to allocate money and install CCTV,” the SC said. 1 allocates money within one month and installs CCTV within five months.

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The court has given UP 9 months to set up CCTV as it has a huge area. Madhya Pradesh police have been given 8 months to install CCTV. At the same time, due to the elections, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry have been asked to install CCTV by the end of December 2021.

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In fact, the Center had requested for adjournment of the hearing in the case, which angered the court. The case was listed for hearing on whether the states and the Center have complied with the apex court order.

The center did not provide complete information

Justice Rohiton Nariman, quoting the 2020 order on the installation of CCTV in central agencies, said, “We are concerned about this part of our order. How much money was allocated?” The Center was required to file the affidavit and the apex court gave the Center three weeks to file the affidavit stating how much money has been allocated to keep CCTV in the central agencies.

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During today’s hearing, the Supreme Court told the Bihar government that we are most dissatisfied with your affidavit because it does not have time to fund and install CCTV, which shows that you do not respect the court order. The Supreme Court objected to the Madhya Pradesh government’s argument that the funds would be allocated in 2022-2023. The court said the government appears to be on its feet. The next hearing in the case will be in April.

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