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SC orders installation of CCTV cameras in district courts

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the installation of CCTV cameras inside lower courts in at least two districts in every State and Union Territory within the next three months.

A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit directed the 24 State High Courts across the country to give the thumbs up to install CCTV cameras without audio recording “inside the courts and important locations of the courts as may be considered appropriate.”

The Bench ordered that the monitor of these cameras would be located in the chambers of the District and Sessions Judge concerned.

The footage from these videos or feeds will not be open for public access under the Right to Information Act.

The order came on a petition filed by Pradyuman Bisht for audio-video recording of trial court proceedings to ensure fair trial and transparency.

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