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New Delhi: From September 27, all constitutional sessions of the Supreme Court will be open to the public through live telecast.

The decision comes days after senior advocate Indira Jaising, in a letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit and his Associate Justices, asked the Supreme Court (SC) for live streaming of cases of national importance.

As the court hears constitutional issues including the 103rd Amendment and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Jaising, in a letter dated September 14, wrote that live broadcasting is important to get important and authentic information.

“There is no substitute for first-hand knowledge, especially in an age known as ‘fake news,’ so there is an urgent need for real-time information.”

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A full bench comprising all judges of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Lalit deliberated on the matter on September 20 and decided that live telecasting of constitutional cases should begin.

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear 25 pending Constitution Bench cases from August 29. Cases pending before the Constitution Bench include repeal of Article 370, review of the Sabarimala judgment, challenge to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and challenge to the constitutionality of Muslim marriage laws.

In almost all the cases argued in the Supreme Court, Jaising said in his letter, “the penal provisions discriminate against citizens on the basis of caste, sex or religion or any of them. Or individually.”

“It will become a matter of great national importance when the important issues of what constitutes equality, substantive equality, discrimination on the basis of caste, sex, religion, secularism are decided and decided by the Supreme Court,” he added. .

In 2018, Jaising had filed a petition seeking the SC to declare live streaming as part of every citizen’s right to information and access to justice.

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