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Plea seeks live streaming of same-sex marriage case proceedings, Delhi High Court issues notice to Centre

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In news that would be welcomed by the LGBTQIA+ community, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday has issued notice in a plea seeking live-streaming of proceedings in the same-sex marriage case.

The bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Centre on the plea filed by three professionals living in Mumbai.

Their application said the issue is of great national importance in particular for the LGBTQIA+ community, which constitutes around 8 per cent of the country’s population.

Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul said his clients represent a large section of the public of the country who are looking forward to the conclusion of these cases. He further said that a lot of people want to attend the proceedings but it is not feasible and neither there is enough space in the courtroom.

He concluded by saying that Supreme Court and Centre has been in favour of live-streaming of such proceedings because they are of national interest and this petition falls under this category.

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In the plea, it was also mentioned that millions of citizens will look forward to watching this but giving the links will not be the best option and there will be bandwidth constraints because of that. In that case, live streaming of the proceeding will provide a pre-stable platform with a wider reach.

This is not the first time when live streaming has been allowed, earlier in the 2018 case of Swapnil Tripathi, the Supreme Court emphasized that there should be live streaming of court proceedings in matters of constitutional and national importance.

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