SC favours live streaming of court proceedings

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, July 9 : In a significant step towards transparency and accountability, the Supreme Court on Monday favoured the live streaming of court proceedings in all matters, except in rape cases and matrimonial disputes.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud, hearing two PILs by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising and law student Swapnil Tripathi, asked Attorney General K. K. Venugopal to advance suggestions so as to frame comprehensive and holistic guidelines for adoption.

The Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra said that if proceedings are streamed live, it would help the litigant instantly and it would start off with one court as a pilot project and then be extended to the rest of its courts.

Venugopal told the court that the government would set up a dedicated channel on the lines of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TVs if the court decided to go for live telecast of its proceedings.

Justice Chandrachud said the live-streaming of the top court proceedings would bring transparency and access to justice. He said litigants would know what transpired at the hearing of their cases.

“I may not be present in the court yet I will be able to know what is happening,” said Justice Chandrachud.

The apex court had on May 3 sought the response of the Centre to pleas seeking live-streaming, video-recording or transcribing of judicial proceedings in courts.

In a bid to bring in transparency, the top court had last year allowed the installation of CCTV recording with audio in trial courts and tribunals in every state.

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