Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Installation of CCTV cameras in a spa was violative of the fundamental right to privacy - Madras High Court


"The installation of CCTV equipment inside premises such as a spa would unquestionably infract upon a person’s bodily autonomy. These are inviolable spaces where the prying eye of the state simply cannot be allowed to enter," the Court held.

The Court made the observations while hearing a plea seeking directions to the police to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the petitioner to run a spa.

In my humblest opinion, and I say this with the greatest of respect to my revered brother Judge, the judgment in C.P Girija v. The Superintendent of Police and Others appears to run counter to the law laid down by the 9-judge bench judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

During the course of proceedings, the government counsel informed the Court that while dealing with a similar petition, Justice SM Subramaniam passed an order directing the installation of CCTV cameras in all spas across the State, with a view to preventing illegal activities.

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