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Supreme Court Dodges RTI Query on Live Streaming Implementation; Says 'Matter Under Registry's Consideration'

Lawstreet Journal 28 Oct 2020 12:39am

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Under the Right to Information Act, the Supreme Court has dodged detailed queries raised seeking reasons for the non-implementation of live streaming of court proceedings by giving an evasive reply that the "matter is under the consideration of the Registry"

In the verdict pronounced on September 26, 2018, in Swapnil Tripathi v Supreme Court of India and connected cases, the court laid down elaborate guidelines and modalities for live-streaming and held that the Supreme Court Rules, 2013 will have to be suitably amended to provide for the regulatory framework for holistic live streaming.

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Live-streaming as an extension of the principle of open courts will ensure that the interface between a court hearing with virtual reality will result in the dissemination of information in the widest possible sense, imparting transparency and accountability to the judicial process" - this was the declaration made by the Supreme Court two years ago while green flagging the idea of live-streaming the court proceedings.

When Puducherry-based activist-journalist Mr.Saurav Das filed an application before the Supreme Court seeking to the know reasons for the non-implementation of the directions in the Swapnil Tripathi judgment, he received the following reply from the Additional Registrar/Public Information Officer of the SC: "Judicial orders have been passed and the matter is under the consideration of the Registry".

This reply is surprising because the Registry has no power or authority to sit over a matter in which the Court has passed a judgment.  

Formal rules are not yet framed to provide for the… Continue Reading...


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