Residents and litigants have welcomed the initiative to install CCTV cameras in the Gurgaon district court to record proceedings as part of a pilot project.
The announcement had come after the Supreme Court said it is inclined to the installation of CCTV cameras in one district court in each state and selected Gurgaon for the pilot project.
Litigants and residents said the move will help to bring transparency and will end all charges of unfair proceedings.
The move came at the request of a petitioner in a matrimonial dispute case who wanted proceedings to be recorded on CCTV cameras.
The apex court has decided to send a two-member team of senior advocate R Venkataramani and additional solicitor general Maninder Singh to the Gurgaon district court to examine the working of the CCTV cameras. The court asked the Gurgaon district judge to help the two lawyers in making an on-the-spot study.
Digvijay Singh, a litigant and resident of the city, said, “I am happy with the move and I believe many people would welcome it. We easily blame the court even when we lose a case on merit. This would end all such allegations. I wish it becomes a reality at the earliest. There is no doubt powerful people will try to influence proceedings.”
In Gurgaon, the lawyers said 70% litigants in all types of proceedings have been consenting for video recording of trials in the past five to six years.
“I am fighting a case against a builder who cheated many others like me. I feel CCTV cameras would have a positive impact on the trial. It would improve the system, bring transparency and efficiency,” said Mohan Singh, another resident.
The lawyers also feel that the video recording will have a positive impact.
“I remember the installation work of CCTV cameras on court premises, but a few days later it stopped. Then the attempt was initiated only after litigants raised a demand. Now, the directions have come from the apex court. The decision will give a positive result,” said Mayank Raghav, a senior lawyer, adding that litigants have long been demanding video recording of court proceedings.