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By FutureLaw Desk

The Supreme Court of India agreed to live-streaming and video recording of court proceedings, stating “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.

The bench led by Chief Justice Dipal Mishra, which reserved its vedict in the case on August 24, said that they want to implement the concept of ‘open court’ in a bid to decongest the court. The decision came on the back of a clutch of petitions filed by senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh, law student Snehil Tripathi and NGO Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change.

In her petition, Jaisingh had sought live streaming on issues of national importance. The NGO had asked for live streaming of all court proceedings and making them public for public and parties subject to necessary regulations. The law student had filed a plea for live streaming so that legal interns have more access to courtroom.
“We don’t perceive any difficulty in live streaming. Let us first start with it and see how it goes. We are just on a pilot project. We are not ruling out anything and will improve with time. We cannot have everything together,” the bench had observed.
Attorney General K K venugopal, representing the Centre, had said that live streaming could be allowed on a pilot basis in Chief Justice of India’s court for Constitutional cases and also submitted suggestions on guidelines for live streaming of proceedings.
Source: India Times

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