New Delhi, September 27
The Supreme Court made history on Tuesday as it reached the living rooms of citizens with simultaneous live-streaming of proceedings of three Constitution Benches through YouTube and other TV channels.
Editorial: Supreme court goes live
This is the first time since the Supreme Court came into existence on January 26, 1950, that Constitution Bench proceedings have been live-streamed, making these directly accessible to millions of people.
Statistics show more than eight lakh people watched the proceedings. Truly, a historic day. SC
Earlier, the top court on August 26 live-streamed proceedings of a Bench led by the then CJI NV Ramana on his last day in office through the NIC webcast portal.
The three Constitution Benches were: CJI UU Lalit-led Bench that heard petitions challenging the validity of 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections; Justice DY Chandrachud-led Bench which heard petitions on recent political crisis in Maharashtra; and Justice SK Kaul-led Bench that heard petitions challenging the validity of the All-India Bar Examination conducted by the Bar Council of India.
“Statistics show that more than eight lakh viewers watched the proceedings. Truly, a historic day,” the top court said in a release at the end of the proceedings.
“The step will go a long way in overcoming the barriers of distance and provide citizens the opportunity to watch the Supreme Court proceedings. This is a humble beginning and attempts will now be made to live-stream proceedings in all important matters before live-streaming of all proceedings becomes the order of the day,” it said.
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