Speaking after launching an app for journalists to access Supreme Court’s virtual proceedings live on their mobile phones, Justice Ramana said the process of building a consensus among the judges was on before taking concrete steps to live telecast the proceedings.
Stating that transparency was a time-honoured principle when it comes to the judicial process in our country, the CJI said the app will provide access to online court proceedings for which journalists are dependent on advocates sharing video conferencing links with them so far.
He lauded the efforts of the tech team for developing the mobile application in a very short span of time. “Even though some members of the team were down with Covid19, they still worked from home and were able to launch the feature within seven days,” he said.
Justice Ramana revealed that till now approximately 800 registry staff had tested positive for the coronavirus and three among them had succumbed to the disease.
He added that 2,768 judicial officers and 106 high court judges had tested positive for the virus and among them, 34 judicial officers and three high court judges had lost their lives. He said data from two major high courts is yet to be received.
Justice DY Chandrachud who heads the e-committee, and is down with Covid-19, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Hemant Gupta also attended the event through virtual mode.