Delhi: Rs 24 cr for CCTV cameras in courts

New Delhi: In a bid to secure court premises from terror strikes, the Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 24 crore for installation of Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) in six district courts here.

The fund has been sanctioned after a review of security in the courts of national capital in the wake of two terror attacks in the Delhi High Court last year that had claimed nearly 20 lives.

The courts where the nearly 300 CCTV cameras would be installed are Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Saket, Dwarka, Rohini and Karkardoma.

Absence of CCTV cameras in Delhi High Court had hampered investigations into the probe of May 25 and September 7, 2011, blasts and many officials in the Home Ministry felt that proper surveillance could have avoided the attacks.

CCTV cameras have already been installed in the Delhi High Court premises.

The Delhi Police has taken a number of steps to augment security in the premises of the Delhi High Court as well as the six district courts and installation of CCTV was part of the project.