Before the government could offer any solution, Jio, through senior advocate Harish N Salve, offered Jio’s fibre optics network and expertise to the court. “We have the best fibre optics network,” he said. The CJI-led bench would only direct him to approach the court’s e-committee formally. The e-committee is headed by Justice DY Chandrachud.
The committee is exploring ways and means to further use technology to boost the switch from physical courts to virtual courts during the pandemic.
Many of the measures will, however, become integral to the process in the long-run. Even after the pandemic, virtual courts may not be completely dismantled and may go co-exist with physical courts. For now, the top court is using an app known as Vidyo for video-conferencing.
Different high courts on the other hand use different modes such as WhatsApp calls, Vidyo and Zoom etc. The top court wants to make it one seamless integrated structure.
CJI Bobde said the court was initially thinking of asking the government to set aside a dedicated satellite — as their prices had come down substantially — but was advised that fibre optics is better for video conferencing and exchanging data.
Justice Chandrachud sought financial commitment from the government, through AG KK Venugopal and SG Tushar Mehta. “It is minuscule compared to the government budget,” he said.
The issue of live-streaming also came in during this debate on video-conferencing before a special bench. The AG backed live streaming of all court proceedings the day Gujarat High Court began live streaming all proceedings.
The CJI said the bench was conscious of the pitfalls of such an exercise but a plan was being chalked out to ensure staggered streaming to prevent any eventuality during any live telecast.
Both lawyers and the bench agreed though that the media ought to be kept out of the physical courts as they crowd the corridors, and must be given links to access proceedings virtually. “The press must have access to output, not inputs,” the CJI commented cryptically.
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9 Comments on this Story
aasim raza33 days ago
as all government employees should use bsnl .. they should also bsnl finer network or MTNL
Sasi Kumar35 days ago
OK;reliance has put up an offer; the court can go forward inviting offers from other Indian companies and select a service provider based on merit of the offer. In any case delay -the synonym of our courts should be avoided.
Ramasamy Narayanan36 days ago
This is not fair move, when State owned Telco is available. It should have been awarded to BSNL. Whether the Ministry concerned or PMO will take corrective action in this regard ?