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Audio-recording of court-proceedings, a must need!

It refers to a group of young law-interns rightly taking up on October 17, 2017 with Chief Justice of India matter of utilising funds spent on microphones installed in court-rooms. It is also essential because all open court-proceedings are public, and everyone present in the court-room has a right to hear court-proceedings rather than just participating lawyers. Also matter of audio-recording of court-proceedings has been pending for so many years. It should be soon implemented to start with at Supreme Court and all High Courts. In present days of advanced technology, audio-recordings of court-proceedings can be easily started within days of taking decision. Copies of these audio-tapes may also be supplied to recognise media-subscribers on payment after the court-proceedings are over for the day, to avoid any chance of misreporting. Such audio-recordings will also provide a justified opportunity to defend media-persons in case they are slapped with charges of misreporting. System will also be advantageous in many other ways including also accountability in judicial system.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

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