Live-streaming: SC hears petition filed by Senior advocate Indira Jaising, AG to give position in next hearing

The petition, Indira Jaising v. Secretary General of Supreme Court & Ors. (W.P.(C) 66/2018) seeking live streaming and/or video recording of cases of national importance in the Supreme Court came up before the Bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar, and Justice D Y Chandrachud. Senior advocate Indira Jaising submitted before the bench that her petition is limited to seeking live streaming of matters only before the Constitutional Bench as they impact the public at large.

An intervention application has also been filed along with her petition, seeking an additional relief of making transcripts available of court proceedings. Ms. Jaising’s petition has been tagged with the petition of Advocate Mathews Nedumpara seeking different relief in terms of the ambit of such live streaming or video recording.

The Attorney General gave a preliminary view wherein he wasn’t opposed to the idea of having transcripts for the court proceedings. However, as he was not fully aware of the claims made in the petition, the matter was adjourned. Ms. Jaising asked for an early date so the matter can be decided, even if for interim relief while constitutional bench cases are ongoing. The Chief Justice, however, did not accede to the request and has given the next date for hearing as 3 May, 2018.