Supreme Court Hearing Livestream: The Supreme Court for the first time today broadcast the hearing of the Constitution Bench live. The top court today has three constitution benches for hearing important matters of constitutional law. The second constitution bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, was hearing a matter related to the Maharashtra political crisis on several petitions filed by both the Shiv Sena factions led by Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde.
Supreme Court Hearing Livestream: The Supreme Court had in August referred the matter related to the claim on Shiv Sena to a Constitution Bench. It framed eight questions related to defection, merger and disqualification for the larger bench to decide in the fight between Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over the party’s claim.
The court had said that the set of petitions raise important constitutional issues relating to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, disqualification, powers of the Speaker and the Governor and judicial review.
The 10th Schedule of the Constitution provides for the prevention of defection of elected and nominated members from their political parties and has stringent provisions against defection.
On Monday, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit said the top court will soon have its own “platform” to live-stream its proceedings instead of using YouTube.
In a unanimous decision taken at the recent Plenary Court meeting chaired by the CJI, the apex court decided to live-stream the proceedings of all Constitution Bench hearings from September 27, four years after the path-breaking announcement by Justice Mishra. .
Sources had said that the Supreme Court may live-stream the proceedings through YouTube and later host them on its servers. People will be able to access the proceedings on their cell phones, laptops and computers without any hassle.
On September 27, 2018, the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra delivered a landmark judgment on live telecast or webcast of important proceedings in matters of constitutional importance, stating that “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
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