Supreme Court allows live streaming of its proceedings, calls for early framing of rules

The government has backed the live streaming of trials and said that it can be extended to other courts depending on the success of the pilot project.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 26, 2018 2:05:15 pm
Malegaon blast case, 2008 malegaon blast case, malegaon blast case hearing, Mumbai, maharashtra news, Mumbai special court, Bombay HC, Supreme court, India news The Centre also suggested setting up of a media room where litigants, law interns, lawyers and other visitors can watch the live feed.

The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed the live webcast of court proceedings in the court of the Chief Justice of India, as proposed by the Centre, calling for framing of early rules in this regard. The apex court said live streaming of proceedings, which will start from its court, will bring accountability into the judicial system. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” it said while passing the order.

The government had backed the live streaming of trials and said it can be extended to other courts depending on the success of the pilot project.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard the submissions which came on a plea by advocate Indira Jaising, who welcomed the court’s decision as ‘the biggest reform of the century’.

The Centre has also suggested setting up of a media room where litigants, law interns, lawyers and other visitors can watch the live feed, saying that would help reduce the congestion in the courtroom and corridors. The affidavit also wants special measures to be put in place for differently-abled.

However, the Centre cautioned that the exercise must not be permitted in matrimonial cases, matters involving interests of juveniles or protection and safety of the private life of young offenders and cases involving national security.

Attorney General K K Venugopal said that in some situation, it will have to be disallowed to ensure privacy and security of victims, witnesses or defendants and also in rape cases and in matters where it may provoke communal sentiments.

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