And now, Aam Nagrik Mitra Foundation (ANMF) demands live streaming of court proceedings in MP High Court. In a letter penned to Chief Justice MP High Court, the ANMF has supplicated to start live telecast of court proceedings at the earliest. According to information, ANMF, referring to apex court decision, has demanded live streaming of court proceedings in MP High Court.
In backdrop of the fact that citizens have right to have first hand information of pleading in course of hearing. Also that live streaming will help in enabling citizens to understand the reasoning in case affecting their rights which formed part of their right to dignity. In fact, it is an intrinsic value of their right to be heard under Article 21 (Right to Life) of the Constitution.
The ANMF asserted that the apex court on September 26, 2018 had agreed that live streaming of court proceedings would serve as an instrument for greater accountability and formed part of code of Criminal Procedure 1973. The apex court directed the Central Government to frame rules and said that the project would be carried out in phases.
Dr P G Najpandey of ANMF informed, that in the letter penned to Chief Justice MP High Court, the ANMF has supplicated that, on the lines of framed rules, such a project of live streaming of proceedings of the courts may kindly be started in MP High Court so that MP High Court becomes the first High Court in India in this aspect. Referring to practice of live streaming, it is in practice in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Human Rights Court in Europe. As such live streaming can be started in first phase in the matters of constitutional importance and public importance, later on, in other matters excluding matters of personal cases.
The members and office-bearers of ANMF in course of meeting held the other day, alleged that due to absence of live streaming of Raffle episode created large scale ambiguity. Had there been live streaming of the proceedings, the confusion would not have taken place.