July,26,2015: A Bench of the Apex Court comprising of Justice TS Thakur and Justice R Banumathi in their judgment directed the union territories to set up State Human Rights Commission, noting that none of the them, including Delhi, have their own State Human Rights Commission. The Apex Court also asked all the State Governments to fill up the vacancies in the State Human Rights Commissions within a period of three months.
The Supreme Court also said that every police station should have at least two women constables to deal with women who are accused or suspects.
Justice T S Thakur further said in the Judgment that CCTV cameras should be installed in the prisons within one year but not later than a year. The court also suggested that all lock-ups in the country should have CCTV cameras installed as per the satisfaction of the police commissioner/ DGP concerned. This was, however, left to the discretion of the respective states and Union territories.
Allowing a PIL filed by one Dilip K Basu seeking prison reforms and filling of the vacancies of the state human rights commission, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Union government and all the states to install CCTV cameras in all the prisons across the country and take a call on installing them in police lock-ups, if there are incidents.
The suggestions made by amicus curiae appointed by the Court to render assistance to it in the matter, namely senior lawyers Abhishek Manu and PK Mullick were also taken into consideration by the Supreme Court while passing orders in the petition.
It was in D.K.Basu Case that Supreme Court had issued the landmark Ten Commandments relating to Arrest and Custody which later became part of Chapter V of Code of Criminal Procedure Code.
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