Hindustan Times (Jammu)

SC raps Centre over CCTVs in offices of probe agencies case

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

The Supreme Court Tuesday expressed displeasur­e over the Centre for “dragging its feet” by seeking more time on the issue pertaining to installati­on of CCTV cameras in the offices of investigat­ing agencies including CBI, ED and NIA.

A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman, which observed that this issue concerns the rights of citizens, said it is not accepting the excuses given in the letter filed by the Centre seeking adjournmen­t in the matter.

“We are getting a distinct impression that you are dragging your feet,” the bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy, told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was representi­ng the Centre. The apex court had on December 2 last year directed the Centre to install CCTV cameras and recording equipment at the offices of investigat­ing agencies -the Central Bureau of Investigat­ion, National Investigat­ion Agency, Enforcemen­t Directorat­e, Narcotics Control Bureau, Department of Revenue Intelligen­ce, Serious Fraud Investigat­ion Office and any other agency which carries out interrogat­ions and has the power of arrest.

During the hearing conducted through video-conferenci­ng on Tuesday, Mehta told the bench that adjournmen­t has been sought as the matter may have ramificati­ons.

“This concerns the rights of citizens,” the bench said, adding, “We are not accepting the excuses”.

Mehta sought some time from the bench to file an affidavit in the matter. The court granted three week time to the Centre to file an affidavit on the issue.

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