In a novel "experiment", the Supreme Court directed close circuit (CCTV) cameras to be installed inside lower courts in at least two districts in every State and Union Territory within the next three months.
In what may be a perceived as a small step towards changing the status quo and re-igniting the debate on whether public should be given access to judicial proceedings as a positive measure towards dispelling opacity, a Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit directed the 24 State High Courts functioning across the country to give the thumbs-up to install the CCTV cameras without audio recording "inside the courts and important locations of the courts as may be considered appropriate."
The Supreme Court, however, exempted "small States/Union Territories" from this exercise, possibly considering the infrastructural handicap these States and UTs face, which would make it difficult for them to effectively implement the order.
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