Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Wednesday in its historic judgement announced the court proceedings can be live streamed in larger public interest.

The Five Judges Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra in its judgement said, “Rules have to be followed for this. Live streaming of court proceedings will bring accountability in the judicial system.” The bench further added that “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” stating that it will promote transparency in the judiciary. The bench further added that “Appropriate Rules in that regard will be framed soon under Article 145 of the Constitution of India.”

Earlier while hearing the petition filed by senior Supreme Court laywer Indira Jaisingh, the Apex court said, “Live streaming of court proceedings will help litigant instantaneously know what happened to his case and how his lawyer performed his case before the Court.”

Attorney General K. K. Venugopal who was representing the Union Government in his response had suggested that the live telecast of the apex court proceedings can be done in only constitutional matters on an experimental basis. In his response submitted to the Apex court the Attorney General said, “The government is taking this very seriously. My recommendation is that (the live streaming of hearings) may be initially restricted to only cases involving constitutional issues, which the Chief Justice decides, and no other matters, to see the reactions and the responses. Then a decision may be taken one way or the other.”

Earlier in July 2017, Supreme Court bench along with Attorney General had favored the idea of live streaming of the Court proceedings expect in trials of rape cases and matrimonial disputes



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