Video recording of trials: India

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SC panel rejects govt plan to video record all trials

Pradeep Thakur

The Times of India

The e-committee of the Supreme Court has rejected the government proposal to initiate audio-video recording of all court proceedings, suggested to begin with all 15,000 subordinate courts. This was intended to expedite trials and bring transparency and accountability in the judiciary.

The proposal was mooted by the Narendra Modi government during the advisory council meeting of the law ministry held in August, which was attended by then law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, law commission chairman Justice A P Shah and representative of the apex court's e-committee besides top officials of the law ministry , sources said.

The government had proposed to initiate audio-video recording of all court proceedings in all the subordinate courts to start with and then in all the high courts and the apex court. However, the SC's e-committee rejected the proposal saying this was not acceptable at present.

The infrastructure for audio-video recordings was to be set up in the second phase of the e-court project.

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