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Supreme Court decides to livestream Constitution Bench cases from September 27

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The Supreme Court of India has decided to start the live streaming of the cases before the Constitution Bench from September 27, 2022.

This decision was taken during a full court meeting convened by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit on Tuesday evening.
The decision was taken unanimously and the hearings will initially be telecast live on YouTube.

The Apex Court has decided that very soon it will develop its own platform to host the live telecast of proceedings.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing important constitutional matters which includes the constitutional validity of the reservation for Economically Weaker Section.

Other cases that are going to begin being heard soon include:
1. The Bohra community’s right to excommunicate.
2. The adequacy of Bhopal Gas tragedy compensation.
3. The retrospective application of immunity against arrest.
4. The validity of All India Bar Examination and extent of Supreme Court’s powers to directly hear cases.
5. Electoral bonds case.

A few days back, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising had written to Chief Justice Lalit, seeking live-streaming of court proceedings as the Supreme Court is seized of several cases of importance being heard by Constitution Benches.

The senior counsel had emphasized that almost all cases which are currently being argued in the Supreme Court, relate to challenges that discriminate against citizens.

“Significant issues about what constitutes equality, substantive equality, discrimination based on caste, sex, religion, and what is secularism will be addressed and decisions which concern the interpretation of the Constitution will be taken by this Court,” reads the letter.

It talks about how the entire country was interested in the arguments, which were given in the court and that lead to such judgments. It further talks about how people have deep-rooted interest in the arguments presented in the court and the exchange between lawyers and judges.

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