Expressing keenness to start live streaming of proceedings in at least some of the courts in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said on Saturday that citizens' right to know can be furthered by de-mystifying" the justice delivery system and widening its gates through such access.
It is only on the backs of an informed citizenry that a representative democracy can survive and evolve, the CJI said and called for a pragmatic approach on the issue of live streaming of the proceedings that can sometimes be a double-edged sword.
The people of India are bestowed with the right to know under the Constitution, which includes knowledge of the institutions that serve them. One way to further this right is to allow people access to watch functioning of these institutions," Justice Ramana said while speaking at the formal launch of live court proceedings at Gujarat High Court.
"The purpose is to keep the public informed. It is only on the backs of an informed citizenry that a representative democracy can survive and evolve, the CJI said.