Attorney General of India, K.K. Venugopal insisted on live-streaming of court proceedings to make hearings accessible to everyone . The suggestion was made to the Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, which was hearing a writ petition concerning guidelines to be followed while conducting virtual hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Venugopal persisted for the Court to consider his request for live streaming of proceedings stressing on the need for clients to know what is happening in their case. He cited examples of such practices being adopted in the High Courts of Madras and Gujarat and reminded the Supreme Court of its own judgment of September 2018 wherein the court favoured live-streaming of proceedings as a true realisation of the “open court system.” On this,CJI Bobde observed that the court shall look into the matter and the decision regarding the same will be taken soon.