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Attorney General KK Venugopal on Monday (July 23) suggested to the apex court that live recording of court proceedings should only be allowed in CJI court for the time being that too for only constitutional matters and it should be reviewed how it works and necessary amendments should be made accordingly.

While addressing the issue on admission of law students into the courts, the AG suggested that instead of coming into the courtrooms a hall with live-streaming can be worked upon for learning purposes.

Senior Counsel Indira Jaising suggested that no commercial use of the live recording should be allowed and safeguards should be put into place to prevent its misuse.

One petitioner said court proceedings must be recorded and the court proceedings must be supplied to the concerned parties along with the court record. The party has the right to know what happened in the courtroom.

The bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was hearing a batch of petitions seeking the recording of proceedings in all the courts across the country.

On the last hearing, the bench had directed Venugopal and Jaising to prepare guidelines regarding the live streaming by July 23.

CCTVs INSTALLATION IN COURTROOMS

Meanwhile, the top court will take up a case which has sought audio and video recording of court proceedings in order to bring transparency on July 25.

On the previous hearings, the top court had directed to explore possibility of installation of CCTVs in all state tribunals.

The Centre’s Counsel ASG Pinky Anand had also filed a status report on the installation of CCTVs and had informed that technical specifications etc have been finalised.

—India Legal Bureau

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