Why even CCTV cameras in police stations won’t guarantee justice for victims of custodial violence – By Radhika Chitkara & Vikas Kumar
On January 27, the Supreme Court has called for responses from all states and Union Territories on its judgement ordering that CCTV cameras be installed in police stations to ensure accountability for torture and custodial violence.
These directions, intended to further the fundamental right to life under Article 21, were passed on December 2 in Paramvir Saini v Baljit Singh. They also extended to the offices of investigative agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate.
….The Supreme Court has an opportunity to supplement these directives with clear standards on police accountability, rights of victims and transparency in judicial proceedings…