NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider—“on the administrative side"—a plea for live streaming or recording of hearings in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
The matter was mentioned by senior advocate Vikas Singh before Justice S.A. Bobde in the Supreme Court.
The petition filed by K.N. Govindacharya seeks live streaming of the hearings since, as according to the petition, the case “has created large-scale interest across India".
Bobde said the court doesn’t have the equipment and facilities for live streaming. Singh then submitted that, at the very least, recordings of the proceedings should be allowed. Bobde rejected the request, saying that such an order cannot be passed in a judicial court. He, however, agreed to consider the request on the administrative side.
Day-to-day hearings in the Ayodhya land dispute will begin on Tuesday, the Supreme Court had ordered on Friday, noting that more than four months of efforts at mediation between rival Hindu and Muslim claimants had failed.
The mediation panel was formed in March and had given its first status report last month.
Fourteen appeals have been filed before the Supreme Court against a 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, which said the disputed 22.7 acres in Ayodhya should be equally divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara, and Ram Lalla.
The Supreme Court bench was earlier told by Hindu bodies, barring the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Uttar Pradesh government, that they were not in favour of mediation.
Muslim bodies had supported the proposal.
On 6 December 1992, the 16th century Babri Masjid was demolished by pro-Hindutva groups who want a Ram temple built there.