SC directs high courts to install CCTV cameras within next three months to bring transparency
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-Mar-2017

New Delhi, March 29: The Supreme Court directed to all the high court to install CCTV cameras without audio recording in at least two districts in every State and Union Territory within the next three months. This decision was taken to bring in the transparency in the judicial proceedings and court trail rooms.

The bench headed by Justice A.K Goel and U.U Lalit ruled out the orders. The bench said that there shall be no audio recording of the arguments. The footage of the proceedings shall be kept in the custody of the High Court concerned. The clippings can be released only after the HC accords its permission, the bench added. Union law ministry supports the installation of CCTVs and said that the recording of proceedings was necessary to bring transparency.

The footage from these videos or feeds will not be open for public access under the Right to Information Act. “We make it clear that the footage of the CCTv cameras will not be available under the RTI and will not be supplied to anyone without the permission of the concerned High Courts,” the Supreme Court directed.

The districts shall be selected by the high courts. The installation of CCTV cameras will have to be completed within three months. The high courts have been asked to submit a report on the working of the cameras within one month thereafter. The Supreme Court gave this hearing after a petitioner requested to give the audio visual recording of the judicial proceedings regarding his marriage disputes.