India’s Supreme Court starts live-streaming cases

Marking a historic shift towards increased transparency, all constitutional bench hearings before India’s Supreme Court will be live-streamed starting today.

The final decision was taken after a full-court meeting called by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit last week. At the meeting, the judges came to a unanimous decision of live-streaming the constitutional bench cases.

Three constitutional bench hearings are concurrently underway and can be watched on webcast.gov.in, run by National Informatics Centre (NIC) using YouTube as a streaming platform.

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In one of the cases being live-streamed, the court is discussing the constitutional validity of the 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). Other cases include the Maharashtra political crisis and the ongoing tussle for jurisdiction between the Central and Delhi governments.