For the first time in history, the Supreme Court live streamed a hearing of the constitution benches. The apex court had three constitutional beaches to heart today.
Supreme Court Live Streamed Three Constitutional Benches
Headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, the second hearing was regarding the Maharashtra Political crisis, of which there were several petitions filed by both Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde.
The live streams are available on the Supreme Court’s official site. The project is being handled by The National Informatics Centre, as per mentioned by Indian Express. Before streaming on Monday, the systems were analysed and tested on Sunday and the results were found satisfying.
“On August 26, proceedings before the ceremonial bench on the date of retirement of former Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana were live-streamed.”
On September 27, 2018, CJI Dipak Misra delivered the final verdicts, while the proceedings in the matter of constitutional importance were being live streamed, saying “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
“In a unanimous decision taken at a recent full court meeting headed by the present CJI, UU Lalit, the apex court decided to Livestream proceedings of all constitution bench hearings from September 27, four years after the path-breaking announcement by Justice Misra.”
“Incidentally, the incumbent CJI, heading a three-judge bench, had on Monday morning told a lawyer that the SC will have its platform for live streaming soon. The lawyer had urged the court that it should secure copyright of the proceedings if it plans to Livestream on YouTube.”
The top court might live stream the hearings on YouTube and then host it on the website’s server, says PTI as per their sources. This way people will witness the Supreme Court hearings on their smartphones, laptops, or with any device having an active internet connection.