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CCTV needs to be installed in courts in public interest: SC

The top court had, however, made it clear that the footage of the CCTV camera or the audio recording will not be made available under the Right To Information Act

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CCTV needs to be installed in courts in public interest: SC

There is no need for in courtrooms as nothing private happens there, the Supreme Court today said as it favoured early installation of closed-circuit televisions in the courts.

The top court said the installation of cameras in the courts would be of larger public interest, discipline and security.


A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit also sought a report from the Centre on the progress made on the issue in compliance with its earlier order in the matter.

"What This is not a case of We don't need here. Judges don't need in court proceedings. Nothing private is happening here. We all are sitting in front of you," the bench observed.

Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for Centre, said the has to sanction a proposal for the financial outlay, which could be accorded anytime soon.

She said that installation of CCTVs and of court proceedings "is important" and would be beneficial for all.

"Don't delay it. This step is in larger public interest, discipline and security. You file the report by November 23," the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on that day.

On August 14, the apex court had favoured installation of cameras with an audio recording of all court proceedings, including in its own complex along with those of the and tribunals, to bring in transparency.

The top court had then observed that the constitutional courts in other countries had audio and video recording, as it was not a matter of of judges.

It had directed the Centre to submit a feasibility report on the installation of cameras with audio recordings in courts and tribunals.

The top court had cited the example of judicial proceedings in the US Supreme Court, saying all these were available publicly, even on the Youtube.

It had said that a Court of Record meant that each and everything should be recorded as long as it does not obstruct the proceedings.

The top court had, however, made it clear that the footage of the camera or the audio recording will not be made available under the and not supplied to anyone without the permission of the concerned court.

It had included tribunals for the first time, besides the courts, for installation of CCTVs with audio recording facility.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by one Pradyuman Bisht seeking audio and of court proceedings in order to bring transparency.

On March 28, the apex court had for the first time directed the installation of cameras without audio recording in courts of two districts of each State and Union Territory.

It had said that cameras can also be installed at important locations of the court complexes as may be considered appropriate and their monitor should be kept in the Chamber of the concerned District and Session Judge.

The top court had granted liberty to the to decide the location of the and any other issues concerning the matter and said that the installation should be completed within three months.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 18:58 IST
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