Supreme Court Constitutional Bench Hearing Begins Live Streaming

Story Highlights
  • SC begins live streaming of cases on Tuesday.
  • Heard the matter pertaining to symbol rights between two Shiv Sena Factions of Maharashtra.
  • The live stream can be seen on webcast.gov.in/scindia.

New Delhi: In a first, the Supreme Court on Tuesday began live-streaming its constitution bench proceedings. Three Constitution benches of the Supreme Court are currently hearing urgent cases involving constitutional legislation.

Exactly four years ago, in 2018, Dipak Misra had delivered the landmark judgement on the live telecast or webcast of important proceedings in matters of constitutional importance, saying “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.

The second constitution bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, heard the matter pertaining to the Maharashtra political crisis on several petitions filed by both the factions of the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde. Several important cases are to be heard by five-judge constitution benches of the apex court. These include the validity of the 103rd constitution amendment granting 10 per cent quota to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

On Monday, a bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit said the top court will soon have its own platform to live-stream its proceedings instead of having to use the YouTube. In a unanimous decision taken at a recent full court meeting headed by the CJI, the apex court decided to live-stream proceedings of all constitution bench hearings from September 27.

The apex court may live-stream proceedings through YouTube and later host them on its server, sources had said. People will be able to access the proceedings on their cell phones, laptops, and computers without any hassle.

Click here to access the procredings.

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