Taking note of the security concerns after the Rohini court shootout, Delhi High Court has circulated a list of suggestions among all the stakeholders which aimed at enhancing the security measures in all the courts situated in the national capital.
The High Court bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh announced about the circulation of the suggestions in an open court.
Here is the list of suggestions:
- Commissioner of Delhi Police should constitute a Team to (periodically) undertake security audit of all Courts in the national capital;
- Peculiarity of each court complex shall be considered by this Team for deciding the number of police personnel to be deployed, number of cameras to be installed, etc.;
- These police personnel shall be responsible for checking/ frisking;
- Mechanism of frisking should be quick and efficient;
- Frisking personnel should be deployed at main gate as well as outside every courtroom;
- No baggage to be permitted inside court premises without proper scanning;
- Round the clock monitoring of court building through CCTV cameras;
- High security cases be heard via video conferencing;
- Under Trial Prisoners appearance may be procured through virtual mode as far as possible;
- Wherever they are required to be produced physically, proceedings may be conducted at vulnerable witness room/ inside jail;
- Installation of automated gates like metro stations may be considered to handle huge number of visitors;
- Issue entry stickers for vehicles; Delhi Bar Council may issue digitized ID cards (with QR codes) for Advocates entry to court;
- Delhi Police shall be responsible for regular and continuous security audits at all courts;
- State government shall be accountable for making budgetary allocation to purchase security tools and equipment.
Suggestions Not Directions: Delhi HC
The bench made it clear that these are just suggestions, not directions which are subjected to approval from stakeholders. The matter has now been adjourned to November 24.