Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India

SC to hear plea for proceedings challenging abrogation of provisions of Article 370

  • The bench also comprising of Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant agreed to hear the plea but the date of the listing was not told
  • The present application like the earlier one has been filed by advocate Virag Gupta

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the plea seeking directions for live streaming of the proceedings in the batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 scheduled to begin hearing before the Constitutional bench on 10 December.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue K N Govindacharya mentioned the plea for early listing before the bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde.

The bench also comprising of Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant agreed to hear the plea but the date of the listing was not told.

Govindacharya had even earlier filed a similar plea in the Apex court for live streaming of the proceedings of the Ram-Janambhoombi-Babri-Masjid land title dispute. The Top court bench headed by former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer had sought report from the Registry as to whether arrangements can be done with respect to infrastructure and technology to arrange live streaming of the Ayodhya case. No such recordings took place in the 40 day hearing of the case.

The present application like the earlier one has been filed by advocate Virag Gupta. The prayer states directions for live streaming/video, audio recording or preparation of transcripts of the case since the case of abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 is of national importance. He also stated in his petition that this would prevent “misreporting" of such a crucial matter.

Singh also referred to the September 26, 2018 verdict of the apex court which had allowed live-streaming of court proceedings of cases of constitutional and national importance, saying this openness was like "sunlight" which is the "best disinfectant".

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