Ayodhya: SC seeks response from Registry in plea for live streaming of proceedings

Ayodhya: SC seeks response from Registry in plea for live streaming of proceedings

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today sought the response of the Registry in the plea filed for live streaming of proceedings in the Ayodhya dispute.

Senior Counsel Vikas Singh, representing the petitioner KN Govindacharya, told the Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer that a large number of people cannot attend the proceedings.

Various persons are not permitted to enter the courtroom and cannot follow the progress of the proceedings, Singh argued. He added that the prayer is made in the interest of the principles of an open court.

Further, he submitted that while live streaming was not pressed for at this point, the recording of the proceedings may begin.

The Court thus sought a report from the Registry on this subject.

Former RSS Idealogue KN Govindacharya had filed a petition in Supreme Court last month seeking live streaming of proceedings in the Ayodhya case.

Govindacharya has placed reliance on the judgment of the Supreme Court in Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change v. Secretary General in which the Supreme Court had allowed the live streaming of cases of Constitutional importance that take place in the court of the Chief Justice of India.

Stating that the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case “has created large-scale interest across India”, the petitioner has contended that crores of people would be interested in witnessing the proceedings but might not be able to do so due to the norms of the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, the petitioner also states that the Constitution contains pictures of Lord Ram. Hence, live streaming of Ayodhya case will fulfil “Constitutional Patriotism”.

“..considering the fact that the original copies of the Constitution itself detail pictures of Lord Ram. It is submitted that the live streaming of proceedings before this Hon’ble Court will also fulfil the mandate of constitutional patriotism.”

Later, Govindacharya wrote to CJI Gogoi requesting that court proceedings in the Ayodhya case be recorded on audio/video or that the transcripts of the hearing be prepared so that it may be available for release.

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