SC allows live streaming of court proceedings

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In yet another path-breaking decisions taken up the Supreme Court on Wednesday, it has allowed live streaming of court proceedings. The court said that the public has a “right to know” what happens inside the courtroom.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” said the Apex Court, adding that it will promote transparency in the judiciary. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “Rules have to be followed for this. Live streaming of court proceedings will bring accountability into the judicial system.”

Earlier in July, Chief Justice Deepak Misra had 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.”

The court had also said live streaming of proceedings “will help students to learn.”

The verdict was passed on a batch of petitions, including those filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising, law student Snehil Tripathi and NGO ‘Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change’ on the issue.

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