Madras HC
Madras HC
Tamil Nadu

Have CCTV cameras in officials’ rooms, says HC


Chennai, Feb 14: The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Tamil Nadu Government to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the offices of high officials to check sexual harassment in work places.

Dismissing a writ petition filed by Vigilance Police IG Murugan against sexual harassment complaint made against by a subordinate woman officer, Justice S M Subramaniam said he would also like to have a CCTV camera fixed in his chamber.

After the concerned woman officer lodged a complaint the DIG formed a committee called Visakha committee, as per the terms of the Supreme Court ruling, consisting high-ranking women officials and recommended an investigation by the Crime Branch.

Challenging this, Murugan moved the High Court. Dismissing his petition, the high court took exception to the six months delay in taking action. It refused to accept the explanation of the advocate of general that the delay was because the concerned officer complained to the wrong official. The judge said such procedural infirmities should not stand in the way of prompt action.