Director General of Police Praveen Dikshit has asked the cops across the state to video record every complaint. The orders, issued earlier in the week, instructed the police station heads to video record statements of the complainants and the witnesses, besides the panchnamas at the crime scene.
“It was necessary to introduce such a system to bring in more transparency in investigation, and also help the prosecution in ensuring that the authenticity of the complaint is maintained,” DGP Dikshit told this newspaper. He also said complainants and witnesses will not be able to change statements when they are video-recorded.
“Many times, it has been seen that the complainants and witnesses change their statements or even turn hostile. In the initial phase, the cops have been asked to start with important cases, and going further, video recording will be made mandatory in all cases,” he said.
The recordings will be stored in the same manner as the case files are preserved (e-files).
Maharashtra will be the first state to implement the system, and all police stations will have cameras and computers to record and store the files.