To keep an eye on staff, UT dist court installs CCTV cameras

Chandigrah

In a first, to keep a constant vigil on the functioning of its court staff, the Chandigarh District Court has installed CCTV cameras in the staff rooms of the court employees. Over 55 such high-resolution CCTV cameras have been installed in the rooms of ahlmad (court staff) and stenographers.

Also, cameras have been installed in all the branches including filing and superintendent branch of UT District Court, Sector 43. More cameras will be installed in the corridors of the new court building keeping in view the safety measures.

However, no CCTV cameras have been installed inside the courtrooms.

The cameras, installed three days back, are capable of retaining the recordings for over two months. "One can access the recording for a period of two months," said a court official. Two separate control rooms have been created to keep an eye on the working of the court staff.

Following receipt of complaints of non-cooperation and not attending to duties by the court staff, surprise visits were paid by a couple of judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court last year. With the installation of CCTV cameras, the court staff will be under e-surveillance throughout the day. It is for the first time that cameras have been installed inside the staff room of ahlmad and stenographers. This is to check that the judicial records and important files are not perused by people who are not allowed to do so.

Besides staff rooms, cameras will also be installed in the corridors and key places of the District Courts. Keeping in view the security arrangements, the Chandigarh Police two years

back had recommended installation of CCTV cameras and other security equipment in the new building. It was in January last year that the court complex was shifted from Sector 17 to Sector 43 with better facilities including that of video conferencing.

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