Supreme Court's constitution bench proceedings to begin live-telecast from September 27
In August, the Supreme Court telecast its first proceedings involving a ceremonial bench bidding farewell to Lalit's predecessor, NV Ramana, more than three years after a ruling recommended live-streaming of hearings.
All Supreme Court constitution bench hearings will be live-streamed starting from September 27. On Tuesday, a full court comprised of all of the Supreme Court's judges deliberated on the issue and decided on live streaming.
The full court meeting was presided over by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit, who was unanimous that live-streaming should begin with broadcasting constitutional cases regularly.
Challenges to the economically backward class quota law, the religious practice of ex-communication in the Dawoodi Bohra community, the Supreme Court's power to dissolve marriages on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown, and the Centre's petition for enhanced compensation for victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy are among the cases that are likely to be live-streamed.
Last week, senior advocate Indira Jaising wrote to the CJI and his colleagues, requesting that the Supreme Court begin live streaming of proceedings involving matters of public and constitutional importance. She was one of the petitioners in 2018 for the declaration of live-streaming, which is part of every citizen's right to freedom of information and access to justice.
Over three years after a ruling recommended live-streaming of hearings, the Supreme Court telecast its first proceedings involving a ceremonial bench bidding farewell to Lalit's predecessor, NV Ramana, in August.
The Supreme Court declared a live telecast of court proceedings as part of the right to access justice under Article 21 of the Constitution in September 2018.
The Supreme Court's e-Committee, led by Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, issued model guidelines to govern live-streaming court proceedings.
The high courts in Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Patna, and Madhya Pradesh stream their proceedings live on YouTube.
According to reports, the e-Committee has been working on a proposal to launch an exclusive platform for live-streaming court proceedings. The platform proposal is part of the third phase of the e-courts project, an ambitious initiative to implement the use of information and technology in the judiciary.