NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Judges led by CJI U U Lalit on Tuesday at a full court meeting on Tuesday decided to commence live streaming from next week of proceedings before five-judge constitution benches, which included challenge to EWS quota and annulling of irretrievably broken down marriages.
n the Tuesday afternoon meeting, the judges were unanimous that as a first step towards implementation of the SC’s 2018 judgment for live streaming of its proceedings, the hearings in important matters before the constitution benches could be commenced on priority basis.
To begin with the SC would use YouTube for live streaming, but soon it would have its own webcast channel to live stream the constitution bench matters, sources said. The full court also finalised the calendar and holidays list for the next year for the SC.
Sources said there was a meeting of five-Judge collegium for filling the four vacancies in the SC. Though several names were discussed, the deliberations remained inconclusive, they said.
A three-judge bench of the SC on September 26, 2018 in the ‘Swapnil Tripathi‘ judgment had agreed for live telecast of apex court hearings and had laid down guidelines for its phased commencement. The SC had also said that the live-telecast should be time lagged and the court would have the right to stop such telecast if any untoward incident in the courtroom. Justice D Y Chandrachud was part of the three-judge bench. The other two judges have retired.
SC had said, “The project of live streaming of the court proceedings of the Supreme Court on the ‘internet’ and/or on radio and TV through live audio-visual broadcasting/telecasting universally by an official agency, such as Doordarshan, having exclusive telecasting rights and/or official website/mobile application of the Court, must be implemented in a progressive, structured and phased manner, with certain safeguards to ensure that the purpose of live streaming of proceedings is achieved holistically and that it does not interfere with the administration of justice or the dignity and majesty of the Court hearing the matter and/or impinge upon any rights of the litigants or witnesses. The entire project will have to be executed in phases, with certain phases containing sub-phases or stages.”
“To begin with, only a specified category of cases or cases of constitutional and national importance being argued for final hearing before the Constitution Bench be live streamed as a pilot project. For that, permission of the concerned Court will have to be sought in writing, in advance, in conformity with the prescribed procedure,” it had said.