A Bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud granted in principle approval to live stream the court proceedings.
Senior Advocate Indira Jaisingh filed a petition in earlier January this year, seeking live streaming of judicial proceedings of the apex court related to the matters of constitutional and national importance. Referring to the system of western countries and a 1967 judgment by a nine-judge bench that courts “must permit the public admission to the courtroom”, she said that if the line streaming is impracticable for the court then alternately the video recording should be allowed.
Another petition in the same matter has been filed by Swapnil Tripathi law student of National Law University, Jodhpur asking for the directions to set up live streaming within the premises of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and to give the access of same to the law students which will further help them to learn.
Earlier also, the Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, had requested the Attorney-General to assist the court on a petition to live-stream Constitution Bench proceedings in the cases of national importance such as decriminalization of gay sex and Aadhaar in the Supreme Court. The Centre in its reply to the petition also said that “it can facilitate the setting up of a separate channel for the Supreme Court, like the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha TV, which live telecasts parliament sessions.” The CJI, on the other hand, had a word of carefulness for sensitive rape trials or matrimonial cases.
The Supreme Court, in an offer to conduct transparency, had earlier allowed the installation of CCTV cameras for video as well as audio recording in trial courts and tribunals.
CJI Dipak Misra also asked Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal who also agreed with the prospects of airing the court proceedings for global viewing, to submit holistic guidelines on 23rd July which the court may adopt.