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'Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant,' Says SC While Allowing Live-Streaming of Proceedings

Live-streaming of court proceedings will effectuate the "public right to know" and bring in more transparency in judicial proceedings, the court said.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to live-streaming and video recording of court proceedings.

The apex court said that necessary rules for balancing rights of public and protecting dignity of litigants will be placed soon.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” the bench said while allowing live streaming of court proceedings.

Live-streaming of court proceedings will effectuate the “public right to know” and bring in more transparency in judicial proceedings, the court said.

The verdict was passed on a batch of petitions, including those filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising, law student Snehil Tripathi and NGO Centre For Accountability and Systemic Change on the issue.

On July 9, the idea of live streaming of court proceedings in all matters, except in rape cases and matrimonial disputes, had found favour with the bench as well as Attorney General K. K. Venugopal, LiveLaw reported.

“The government is taking this very seriously. My recommendation is that (the live streaming of hearings) may be initially restricted to only cases involving constitutional issues, which the Chief Justice decides, and no other matters,  to see the reactions and the responses. Then a decision may be taken one way or the other,” Venugopal had said.

(With PTI inputs)

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