Supreme Court ready to allow free passage of information via live streaming

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In response to the requests to make the proceedings of the Supreme court, transparent and open to everybody, the Court has decided to live stream all constitution bench hearings beginning on September 27, 2022.

After September 27, the key constitutional bench cases that will be heard includes an appeal against the Citizenship Amendment Act, objection against the 10% quota for economically disadvantaged groups, and a request to make marital rape a crime.

The decision was made in light of the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling, which sided with arguments in favour of live broadcasting court proceedings as a basic aspect of people’ right to information and freedom of speech and expression. In a recent letter to the Chief Justice of India, U.U. Lalit and other Supreme Court judges, activist lawyer Indira Jaising drew notice to the petitions that had been filed by Swapnil Tripathi and other lawyers.

A late Tuesday night decision to allow live streaming of constitutional bench proceedings was made by the entire court, which consisted of all the 30 Supreme Court judges and was presided over by Chief Justice Lalit unanimously.

The National Policy and Action Plan for Implementing Information and Communication Technology in the Indian Judiciary guided the Supreme Court’s and the Union ministry of law and justice’s decision to live stream. Kiren Rijiju, the Union Law Minister, also urged the judiciary to make live broadcasting possible.

Beginning on September 27, people will be able to view court hearings on their laptops, mobile devices, and other electronic devices. There must be a minimum of five Supreme Court justices present to hear Constitution bench cases. These benches are established to address significant issues related to the constitutionality of various statutes and regulations affecting individuals or certain classifications of people.

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