Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra told the government on Friday that cases of constitutional importance and social matters of constitutional gravity, even if heard by a three-judge Bench, should be beamed live to the masses. The Chief Justice, heading a Bench of three, was assuaging apprehensions raised by the government that matrimonial cases and cases involving victims of sexual assault or violence should not be live-streamed.
With this, the court made it clear that the objective of live-streaming of the proceedings was not publicity in a country where privacy is a fundamental right, but rather, reaching out to the public to show them how Constitutional and social matters are decided by the court. The court asked Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal to compile holistic guidelines on the aspect of live-streaming. In an earlier hearing, the Supreme Court had said it was ready to go live while the government had mooted a separate TV channel for streaming court proceedings.