The High Court said this during the hearing of the petition of a person. The man had alleged that he was chained to the railing at the police station and when he asked for a copy of his complaint, he was charged with obstructing the officer’s work in the line of duty.
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday said that vandalism in police stations, especially in jails, will stop only when CCTV cameras are functioning there.
The High Court said this during the hearing of the petition of a person. In fact, this person had alleged in the petition that he was tied to the railing with the help of chains and when he asked for a copy of his complaint, he was accused of obstructing the work of the officer on duty.
“Aren’t you (the police) ashamed to say that a person who went inside a police station used force to prevent an officer from discharging his duties?” the court said.
Justice Divan Ramachandran said, “It is very unfortunate that a citizen who came to complain was chained to a railing and then accused of obstructing a police officer in the discharge of his duties under section 117 (E) of the Kerala Police Act. ).
“This kind of behavior used to happen in the dungeons of the 18th century and not in the 21st century,” the court said. The judge said that despite the court’s rebuke to the police, incidents of police brutality were still happening.
The court said that police stations should not be allowed to function like this and this vandalism will stop only when there are CCTV cameras in working condition.
During the hearing, the judge said, “It is a matter of concern that now the police is waiting to get the CCTV footage of the incident which took place in February this year to ascertain the truth behind the claims of the complainant.” However, as per the report submitted by the DSP in October, this video was not available in May.
This was stated by the DSP in his report after an internal inquiry into the allegations leveled against the two police officers by the complainant.
In the memo filed by the police, Inspector General of Police (IGP) South Zone had said that the CCTV footage of the incident would have to be retrieved before taking a decision on dropping the case registered against the complainant under Section 117 (E) of the Kerala Police Act.
The judge said, “This statement is a matter of concern because when the DSP conducted the investigation, if this footage was available then the whole matter would have become clear.”
“The DSP had said that there was no CCTV footage so I do not know on what basis the Inspector General of Police proposed to obtain the footage and where will the police look for this footage,” the judge said.
The court will hear the matter in January next year.
The court has directed the police to file an affidavit in the matter as to why the complainant should not be compensated under the law as a remedy for harassment and trauma.
The judge said that the police kept the matter pending under Section 117(E) of the Kerala Police Act so that the latter could negotiate with him on the charges leveled against the two police officers.
The court said, ‘I will not allow this because the police and the state are protecting the accused officers in such a way that they are not afraid of the law.’
“If you want the officers to be afraid of the law, then strict action has to be taken against them in such cases,” the court said.
(With inputs from news agency PTI)
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