The case concerning recording of court proceedings in the Supreme Court witnessed some interesting remarks from the Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit.
The remarks were made during the hearing of a petition filed by one Pradyuman Bisht, in which the Court had directed installation of CCTV cameras in all subordinate courts, and was considering the same for high courts and tribunals.
When the matter was taken up today, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, sought more time to file a status report. The Bench asked the ASG to reveal the present status of the implementation of its orders, whereupon the ASG sought some time.
Justice Goel remarked,
“Ultimately it is for the benefit of public. What is the need for privacy [in court]? There is nothing private happening here.”
He then adjourned the matter for November 23.
On the previous date of hearing, the Bench expressed an inclination to consider the recording of proceedings of all courts, including high courts and the Supreme Court.
In reports of some high courts, issues of privacy of judicial officers were brought up. However, the Bench had put those concerns to bed in its earlier order, and seems to have reiterated the same today.