CAMERAS IN COURTS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Nov 2017 12:08:17

IN the present world, where transparency and openness are the watch words, the apex court allowing audio and video recording of court proceedings was a natural corollary. The Supreme Court bench of Justices A. K. Goel and U. U. Lalit have echoed the sentiments of the common man when they said that “nothing private is happening here. We are all sitting in front you. Judges don’t need privacy in court proceedings.” When the entire world is adopting new technologies and all professions are undergoing a massive transformation, how can the judiciary stay behind? Earlier, proceedings of Parliament were also out of bounds for all. Now, anybody can watch the proceedings and important debates, as they are televised live. This has made people more aware about various issues and intricacies involved in the decision-making by the Government. Though court proceedings are not going to be televised, their recording will, however, bring in the much-needed transparency. The recording of proceedings will also come handy for law students desirous of making a career in judiciary.

DEFORESTATION

The process of growth and development brings about progress and improvement in certain areas. But it can also prove to be detrimental in certain other areas. A glaring example of this is the report released by IUCN at the UN climate change in Bonn, which points out that the continued pressure for development is affecting the biodiversity of Western Ghats. Deforestation, encroachment on forest land by a population close to fifty million in the region is having an adverse effect on the region and has brought the hills under the ‘Significant Concern’ category. The time has come to introspect and take action as regards the conservation, protection and management of the Ghats known for its unique ecosystem. If due attention is not paid to this, it is bound to affect the monsoons as the Western Ghats are known to influence the large scale monsoonal processes. This certainly will not auger well for the agricultural sector. For preventing major climactic disasters in the future, a concrete action plan needs to be devised and implemented.