SC seeks help from AG on Live streaming Court sessions [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]

  • The Supreme Court asked for the assistance of the Attorney-General on a plea to live-stream proceedings of the Constitution Bench in nationally important cases.
  • Those on Aadhaar and decriminalisation of gay sex, in the Supreme Court.
  • A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided to seek K.K. Venugopal’s opinion on a petition filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising in her personal capacity.
  • Ms. Jaising said courts around the world allowed their proceedings to be recorded, though they differed in their ways.
  • She said some judges in the constitutional court in India had historically been reluctant about the idea of recording court proceedings because it would “capture every sentence” in the banter between judges and lawyers which were merely a way to elicit responses and not a sign of how the judge would finally decide the case.
  • Ms. Jaising, however, said there were different methods to resolve such reluctance and listed the means adopted by courts globally.
  • She said such apprehensions should not create a roadblock in the public’s right to information.
  • The Supreme Court, in a bid to usher in transparency, had earlier allowed the installation of CCTV video recording with audio in trial courts and tribunals.
  • Ms. Jaising said citizens have the right to information and matters of constitutional and national importance can be live-streamed.
  • If live streaming of top court’s proceedings is not possible, then alternately the video recording should be allowed the senior lawyer had argued.

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