According to the report, the Bench entrusted the high court concerned with overseeing installation of cameras and their working while District and Sessions Judges, who is the administrative head of courts in a particular district, have been asked to monitor the courtroom proceedings in his or her chambers.
The Bench added that only such small states and union territories where the high court felt that installation of CCTV cameras was not possible at the moment would be exempted from its order.
However, 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 order came on a petition filed by Pradyuman Bisht for audio-video recording of trial court proceedings to ensure fair trial and transparency.