Delhi High Court Hears Petition for Installation of CCTV in Restaurants Amid COVID Outbreak

Earlier today, the Delhi High Court directed Central Government to deal with a petition; seeking installation of CCTV cameras in the kitchen of all restaurants that are delivering food to control the transmission of coronavirus. Explicitly, the petition stated the installation of CCTV cameras will facilitate inspection of the kitchen’s video recording; for compliance of guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 and to create a record for the authorities. Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan passed the order.

On May 17, 2020, petitioner Tisha Mahajan informed the Court that restaurants in all zones of Delhi allowed opening for take-out and delivery. The Petitioner contends this increases the possibility of transmission by way of food packaging and associated material. Moreover for the public to know whether a restaurant was following all the government norms and guidelines on COVID-19.

In addition, the Petitioner also seeks direction to the Central Government and to the Delhi Government to issue directions to restaurants to store recordings for a minimum period of six months. The Court directed that the Petitioner’s grievance be considered as a representation. Notably, the concerned authorities shall keep in mind the suggestion made by the Petitioner concerning the installation of CCTV in kitchens.