<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing that there was no need for privacy in courtrooms, the Supreme Court on Tuesday favoured installation of CCTVs in courts. Suggesting that there was nothing private about court proceedings, the apex court opined that installation of CCTVs would be beneficial in larger public interest. It would also bring about a certain sense of discipline and security. “What privacy? This is not a case of privacy. We don’t need privacy here. Judges don’t need privacy in court proceedings. Nothing private is happening here. We all are sitting in front of you,” the bench observed.In pursuance to an earlier order, a bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit directed the Centre to file a report on its progress. Representing the Centre, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Pinky Anand said the Ministry of Law and Justice needs to sanction the financials for the proposal, which may happen soon. Anand agreed with the court’s observation that the installation of CCTVs and video recording to court proceedings was important and beneficial for all. To this, the court responded: “Don’t delay it. This step is in larger public interest, discipline and security. You file the report by November 23.” At an earlier hearing, the top court had favoured installation of CCTVs with audio recording of all court proceedings. 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.

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