Last Thursday, the proceedings at Calcutta High Court’s hall no. 24 were recorded for the first time.
Setting a precedent, Justice Aniruddha Bose, directed close circuit cameras and microphones to be fitted by the registry after approval was sought from the administrative judge. This directive was a result of an altercation between Advocate Khosla and the other counsel. Advocate Khosla had previously requested Calcutta HC for video recordings to be conducted since he believed that he was subject to constant berating in court. He argued that it led to the attenuation of the stature of the court.
Although, Justice Bose added a caveat that “the proceedings being recorded today shall not form part of the official records of this court”. Also, that these recordings shall not be made available to any party or outsider unless otherwise directed by it.
Justice Bose added that the “court shall have the power and authority to make necessary editing of the recorded version, removing any part there from which this court considers it necessary to avoid any scandalous or undesirable or irrelevant matter to remain on record”.
In the past, similar requests made for installation of cameras have been turned down once by a Supreme Court panel, headed by CJI HL Dattu and by a constitution bench in the National Judicial Appointments Commission case.