“I was a journalist too”: Chief Justice of India considers live telecast of Supreme Court

Prime News, National, Judiciary, Media, New Delhi, May 13:- Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Thursday (May 13) said he was actively considering the proposal to live telecast the proceedings of the Supreme Court.

The CJI, however, said before initiating concrete steps in this regard, he would seek general consensus among his colleagues in the Supreme Court.

Justice Ramana was speaking at the launch of the application for granting access of virtual proceedings of the Supreme Court to media persons.

Recalling his days as a journalist, the Chief Justice of India said media faces great challenges in reporting and came to know that journalists were depending on advocates to get links to cover court proceedings.

Thus there was a request to create a mechanism so that press could attend the hearings, he said.

“I was a journalist for a brief time. At that time, we did not have cars or bikes. We used to travel on the bus as we were directed not to avail conveyance of organisers of the event,” he said.

Urging the media to use the resources (app) responsibly and follow all Covid protocols, the Chief Justice of India said technology, particularly one that is newly developed, is sensitive and might be subject to some flaws in the early days of its use.

“Small issues are bound to arise, which should not be unnecessarily magnified. I request everyone to be patient, to be encouraging and supportive to the technical team to ensure that the application works without any problems. I hope that everyone gives the system the requisite time to evolve and expand.”

“Additionally, I would like to also highlight another feature we are introducing today on the official website and mobile application of the Supreme Court. This new feature, called Indicative Notes is aimed at providing concise summaries of landmark judgments in an easy-to-understand format. This will serve as a useful resource for media persons and the general public who wish to be better informed about the rulings of the Court,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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