Live streaming of cases of national importance, AG to assist Supreme Court in Jaising’s petition
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Live streaming of cases of national importance, AG to assist Supreme Court in Jaising’s petition

Pallavi Saluja

The Supreme Court today directed that the petitions seeking live streaming of court proceedings be furnished to the Central Agency so that Attorney General can assist the court in the matter.

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud passed the order after hearing Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, and advocate Mathews Nedumpara, the petitioners in the matter.

Jaising, in her petition, is 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.

When the matter came up for hearing today, advocate Mathews Nedumpara made his submissions first. He sought recording of proceedings in all courts.

Subsequently, Indira Jaising made her submissions. She submitted that she is not seeking recording of court proceedings in trial courts and her prayer is limited to Supreme Court cases of national importance.

“I am not seeking recording of proceedings in trial courts at all. My prayer is limited only to cases of national importance in Supreme Court.”

She then stated that cases of national importance would be those which are placed before a Constitution Bench.

Jaising also cited practices in Constitutional courts of foreign jurisdictions to buttress her case.

The Court directed the petitioners to serve a copy of the petitions on the Central Agency so that the Attorney General can assist the Court in the matter.

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