Why CCTVs not working in court premises in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Supreme Court asks UP Govt

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government why funds have not been released by the administration for the maintenance of close circuit televisions (CCTVs) on court premises in Gautam Buddh Nagar despite repeated reminders by the Allahabad High Court.

District Judge of Gautam Buddh Nagar filed a report in respect to an incident of manhandling of a Supreme Court lawyer

This order by the Supreme Court comes after the District Judge of Gautam Buddh Nagar filed a report in respect to an incident of manhandling of a Supreme Court lawyer Gautam Bhatia and another female lawyer by advocates of the Gautam Budh Bar Association.

What did District Judge Gautam Buddh Nagar say in its report?

The District Judge Gautam Buddh Nagar in his report on the incident said that CCTV footage of the incident where lawyers entered court rooms and prevented other lawyers from taking part in court proceedings was not available because CCTVs are not functional, despite the fact that several letters have been written by Allahabad High Court for release of funds for the maintenance of CCTV in the court premises.

Apex court took suo motu cognisance on attack on senior lawyer

The Supreme Court had on March 20 taken suo motu cognisance of the serious issue of attack on senior advocate of Supreme Court Gautam Bhatia during a strike call given by district court advocates.

The apex court had on March 20 directed the District Judge, Gautam Buddh Nagar to ensure that the CCTV footage of the incident is preserved in his safe custody pending further orders of the top court and district judge shall submit a report to the top court on the incident which took place in the course of the proceedings before his court and identify the persons who were involved in the incident.

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra also expressed their serious reservation on lawyers entering court rooms and forcing other lawyers and the court to desist from doing judicial work.

The court said, “This is not done. Even the bar leaders have no authority to make a request to the judge to not take up work even if there is a strike call. Supreme Court has in past said that no one can be prevented from approaching courts.”

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