Livestreaming Of Supreme Court Constitution Bench Hearings From 27 september
All constitution bench hearings in the Supreme Court will be live-streamed from September 27. A full court, comprising all the judges of the top court, deliberated upon the matter on Tuesday and took the decision on the live streaming.Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit presided over the full court meeting where all the judges were unanimous that live-streaming should commence with broadcasting constitutional cases on a regular basis. The cases likely to be live-streamed include challenges to the economically backward class quota law, the religious practice of excommunication in the Dawoodi Bohra community, the Supreme Court’s power to dissolve marriages on the ground of irretrievable breakdown, and the Centre’s petition on enhanced compensation for victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.Senior advocate Indira Jaising last week wrote to the CJI and his companion judges requesting the Supreme Court to begin live streaming of proceedings of matters of public and constitutional importance. She was one of the petitioners in 2018 for the declaration of live-streaming a part of the right to freedom of information and the right of access to justice for every citizen.This is also among major decisions since the new Chief Justice of India (CJI), Uday Umesh Lalit, took office. He recently presided over a full court meeting where judges unanimously decided that livestreaming should begin with constitutional cases, and could later cover all proceedings.A tangible move was made on August 26, when proceedings from the then CJI NV Ramana's court were livestreamed on his last day in office. Justice Ramana had formed a number of constitutional benches in his last week as CJI, as some matters were pending without hearing for years. Questions about technology were, more or less, answered during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, when courts functioned through video-conferencing. That led to a wider acceptance of the idea, though originally forced by a lack of options during the lockdowns.