The Supreme Court has allowed live streaming of court proceedings while quoting “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
The top court continued, that the open court concept would promote transparency in the judiciary system.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra made the decision and said, “Rules have to be followed for this. Live streaming of court proceedings will bring accountability in the judicial system.”
The court made the settlement on Wednesday and supported it while saying that people have “right to know” what happens inside the courtroom.
Earlier in July, CJI Deepak Misra had proposed for live streaming of the court session and said “The concept of access to justice can be stretched through live streaming. Litigants are entitled to know how their cases are dealt with. Litigants will also know how his or her lawyer is presenting the case.” But he cautioned for sensitive rape trials or matrimonial cases.
He even mentioned that live streaming of proceeding would help students in learning.
The verdict for live streaming of court session was passed after batch of petitions filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising, law student Snehil Tripathi and NGO ‘Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change’ on the issue.
Jaisingh had asked for live streaming on issues of national importance while NGO sought live streaming for all court proceedings and make them public subject to necessary regulations.
The law student urged for it so that legal interns can learn court proceedings and have a closer experience of the courtroom.
The apex court accepted the appeal saying that it will decongest the court and quoted that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
Attorney General KK Venugopal on behalf of the Centre requested to have live streaming on a pilot basis in Chief Justice of India’s court for Constitutional cases. He even forwarded suggestions on guidelines for live streaming of proceedings.
The bench said that it doesn’t have any objection for live streaming and it would observe how it will result. It assured that the concept is taken as a pilot project.