Indian Supreme Court to start live-streaming hearings
In a landmark move, India's Supreme Court has decided to allow livestreaming of hearings before its five-judge Constitution benches from September 27.
The "unanimous" decision to this effect was taken by the full court, comprising all judges, on Tuesday (Sept 20), reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting people familiar with the matter. The full court meeting was presided by Chief Justice of India U U Lalit.
The live-streaming will be telecast on YouTube to begin with, sources said.
The cases likely to be live-streamed include challenges to the economically weaker section quota law, religious practice of excommunication in the Dawoodi Bohra community, Supreme Court's power to dissolve marriages on the ground of irretrievable breakdown and the Indian government's petition on enhanced compensation for victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising had last week written to the Chief Justice of India and other Supreme Court judges, urging the top court to begin live-streaming proceedings of cases of public and constitutional importance.
Jaising was one of the petitioners in 2018 seeking declaration of live-streaming as part of the right to freedom of information and the right of access to justice for every citizen.