Batting for transparency, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said installation of close circuit television cameras in courtrooms for video-recording the proceedings would be a step in larger public interest, discipline and security. Nothing private is happening here. "Don't delay it. This step is in larger public interest, discipline and security".
Suggesting that there was nothing private about court proceedings, the apex court opined that installation of CCTVs would be beneficial in larger public interest. "We don't need privacy here", said the Bench comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.
Signalling for a paradigm shift, the Supreme Court on Monday mooted for having audio video recordings of proceedings in the top court and high courts. Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, said the Ministry of Law and Justice has to sanction a proposal for financial outlay, which could be accorded any time soon. "You file the report by November 23", the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on that day.
Hearing the petition on August 14, the bench had favoured video recording, referring to the practice in Constitutional courts in other countries.
It had said that a Court of Record meant that each and every thing should be recorded as long as it does not obstruct the proceedings. However, footage of the CCTV camera or the audio recording will not be made available under the RTI Act and not supplied to anyone without permission of the court concerned. These CCTVs - which would help bring in more transparency to proceedings, would be installed within the apex court complex as well as those of all high courts and tribunals.