Rules for CCTV cameras: Police say it's just a suggestion

NEW DELHI: The committee set up by LG Anil Baijal to frame rules for CCTV cameras in Delhi has rejected chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that it recommended mandatory licensing.

Special commissioner Praveer Ranjan of Delhi Police said not such recommendation has been made, only a suggestion in the draft proposal that the police should be informed about CCTV installations.

The draft proposal is the Delhi Rules for Regulation of CCTV Camera Systems in NCT of Delhi, 2018, under Delhi Police Act, 1978. It was uploaded online to invite public suggestions.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal tweeted, “LG’s committee recommends mandatory license/permission from police to install CCTV cameras by pvt or govt bodies. All existing CCTVs will also need police license. Height of license Raj in 21st century. Nowhere in the world is such a license reqd. (sic).”

Then he tweeted again: “What will police see before giving CCTV license? On what basis will police give license? It will only increase bribery. Its a huge blow to women safety becoz all existing cameras in Del will have to be removed till they obtain license n all new CCTVs will have to wait for license (sic).”

Earlier, the LG had set up the three-member committee of principal secretary home, law secretary and special commissioner (technology cell) to standardise the process after Delhi government approved the installation of 1.4 lakh CCTVs: a major election promise of AAP.

Following Kejriwal’s tweet, officials rebutted it, saying that such a “licence” was nowhere required in the world. The officials also informed about Andhra Pradesh Public Safety Act of 2013 in which any establishment seeing a footfall of more than 100 people was required by law to install CCTV cameras and inform. “Failure to do so amounts to prosecution under penal provisions,” an official said.

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