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Senior Advocate Indira Jaising has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking live streaming of Court proceedings in cases that are of constitutional and national importance having an impact on the public at large or a large number of people.
In her petition, Jaising has pointed out that the Court is hearing, or will be hearing in the near future, a number of such cases which affect the interests of the public at large.
These cases include the ongoing Aadhaar case, women’s right of entry into Sabiramala Temple, decriminalisation of homosexuality, reconsideration of adultery laws, cattle slaughter laws, rights of Parsi women to attend her father’s funeral rites etc.
The broad thrust of the petition is that, as stakeholders, the public has the right to be informed of such cases. The contentions forwarded by Jaising in this regard, in brief, include the following.
The petition also notes that the importance of live streaming of court proceedings has already been recognised and practically implemented in other jurisdictions including those of Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court, which permit varying degrees of recording court proceedings.
The petitioner has, therefore, prayed that Supreme Court case proceedings of constitutional and national importance be live streamed in a manner that it is easily accessible to the public for viewing.
In furtherance of the same, it has been prayed that directions be issued to appropriate authorities, including the Registrar of Supreme Court as well as concerned Union Ministries, to frame and place for the consideration of the full court, guidelines to determine which cases qualify as being of constitutional and national importance.
Pending the availability of the infrastructure for live streaming, the petitioner has prayed that proceedings of such cases currently before the Supreme Court be recorded and uploaded on its own YouTube channel, till the time the facility of live streaming is arranged.