Delhi High Court has highlighted the apathy of the governments towards common people by raising a critical question regarding US President Barack Obama’s visit to India on Republic Day. Pulling up the government for being too swift in installing CCTV cameras in Delhi to secure Obama’s visit, the court observed that the government had not acted similarly when it came to provide security to its citizens.
“Because of a foreign president, you do it, but not for Indian citizens. If we direct you to do it for Indians, you do in months and years, else you do it in weeks. Let’s get someone from outer space,” the bench of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva remarked while hearing a plea that 15,000 CCTV cameras installed for the Obama visit should not be removed after Republic Day.
The court has now issued notice to the Centre, Delhi government and police, seeking their response on whether the cameras will be removed. It also remarked that it will take the government “years to remove it, if they don’t get vandalized before that”.
The plea was filed in a case taken up after the December 16, 2012 gangrape case. Amicus curiae Meera Bhatia, in an application, sought orders that CCTVs should not be removed “in a hurry” from sensitive areas such as “entry and exit points in Delhi and also other places which are mapped as high crime rate zones in Delhi”.