NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to live streaming of court proceedings and said necessary rules balancing right of public and protecting dignity of litigants would be framed soon.
The apex court said it will bring in transparency and serve the public interest.
“Sunlight is the best disinfectant, let people get first hand information about what is going on in court room proceedings,” said the SC while allowing live streaming of the court proceedings.
The apex court had earlier termed the proposal of live streaming of the court proceedings as the “need of the hour”.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre on August 24, had said that live streaming could be introduced as a pilot project in the Chief Justice of India’s court on matters of constitutional importance and had submitted suggestions on the guidelines for live streaming of court proceedings.
Venugopal had said the success of this project would determine whether live streaming should be introduced in other courts of the apex court and in courts across the country.
He had also suggested that live streaming should be delayed by 70 seconds to allow the judges to mute the sound when a lawyer misbehaves or if the matter is sensitive, like dealing with individual privacy or national security.
The bench was hearing petitions including those filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising, law student Snehil Tripathi and NGO ‘Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change’ on the issue.
A petition, filed by Tripathi, a student of National Law University in Jodhpur, had sought a direction for setting up live streaming rooms within the apex court premises and granting access to legal interns. It had sought requisite guidelines to facilitate witnessing of the proceedings for interns.Jaising, in her PIL, had sought video-recording of proceedings on matters of national importance.
The NGO, Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change, has sought a direction to the apex court registry and the Ministries of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology to “video record the proceedings of all the courts and make them available to public and parties, subject to regulations”.
Earlier, the Centre had said that video recording and live streaming of judicial proceedings can be undertaken on a trial basis in constitutional matters being heard by the Chief Justice of India’s court.