[Crime investigation] Obtain CCTV footage wherever available or face legal action: Punjab & Haryana High Court to police officers

The Court issued these directions after an investigating officer failed to obtain certified CCTV footage of a violent physical altercation.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Haryana's Director-General of Police (DGP) to ensure that certified copies of the footage of Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTV) are obtained wherever possible when crimes were being investigated by the police. (Rahul v. State of Haryana)

The Court also urged the DGP to institute legal action against officers who failed to collect such footage under Section 166-A of the Indian Penal Code, which penalises a public servant's disobedience of a provision of law.

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