AG Venugopal suggests SC to live stream constitutional matters heard by CJI

Team SoOLEGAL 24 Jul 2018 3:30pm

AG Venugopal suggests SC to live stream constitutional matters heard by CJI

Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal on Monday suggested that the live telecast of the constitutional matters heard by Chief Justice Dipak Misra can be done on an experimental basis.  

We can start it on an experimental basis with the CJI’s court. Let it be restricted to constitutional cases. It should be tried for three months before the next step is taken. One needs to see the response”, AG Venugopal was quoted as saying while assisting the court in the petition filed by senior counsel Indira Jaising.

The AG also suggested installation of TV screens inside the canteen or a hall within the court premises so that lawyers, litigants and interns can watch the live telecast of the proceedings. This would further help in managing huge crowds in courtrooms, the AG said.

Often lawyers not associated with the case attend court proceedings out of their interest in it. Once live-streaming starts then they need not come to the court but witness it on TV sets”, the AG said.

Jaising agreed with the AG’s submission, however, she urged the bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud to include safeguards to restrict unauthorised reproduction of broadcasts.

 “The proceedings will be aired live and hence, it may be open for people to make clippings and create their own copies. Your Lordships must prohibit such production of clips, no matter how big or small, without the authorisation of the court”, Indira Jaising told the court.

The court asked the AG to give his suggestions in writing, and scheduled the matter for hearing on August 3.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Attorney General   AG KK Venugopal   Live Streaming   Video Recording   CJI Dipak Misra  
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