Gold smuggling case: NIA to examine footage of 40 CCTVs in secretariat
Thiruvananthapuram: NIA will examine the visuals from 40 CCTV cameras in the secretariat as part of Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case. The cameras of the main building, which include the Chief Minister’s office and of cantonment area, will be examined.
NIA has asked the public administration department to copy the visuals of these cameras. NIA gave the instruction after examining the areas in which the CCTV cameras are deployed.
It was found out that copying CCTV footage of the previous year from the secretariat would cost Rs 1.4 crores. And so copying visuals from half of these cameras would cost Rs 70 lakhs. The public administration department has instructed the electrical section of the PWD department to arrange necessary facilities to copy the visuals. Tender procedures will be initiated soon to purchase the equipment required for copying the visuals. It is estimated that more than a month’s time would be required to copy the visuals.
Meanwhile, NIA has not asked for visuals from the Secretariat annexe. Minister KT Jaleel’s office is located in the secretariat annexe.