The first bench of the Madras High Court has called for a proposal to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all courts in the districts too, with the financial proposals being segregated into two parts, that is, for the inner court halls and corridors and the other for the outer spaces.
A bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan gave the interim order on a PIL after orally observing that allegations of alteration of witness depositions can be prevented if closed-circuit television (CCTV) is available inside court halls.
Petitioner S Kasiramalingam, an advocate, has sought a direction to the state government and Registrar General of the high court to install CCTV in all courts.
The bench agreed with the submissions of the petitioner’s counsel that as per the counter-affidavit filed by the government, the cost for setting up CCTV in all court premises in the state would not go beyond Rs five crore.
When the matter came up on Monday, the government filed an affidavit and after going through it, the bench said that it appeared that the proposals which have been sent by the High Court so far relate only to the two High Courts (the principal seat at Chennai and its Bench at Madurai) and the district courts in Chennai alone, both for inside the court halls and the corridors as well as the outer areas, for which funds are stated to have been released. The implementation of the same will be done at the earliest.