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Law Student and lawyers move SC seeking mandatory use of Mic-System

Kapildeep Agarwal, a law student and two lawyers Kumar Shanu and Paras Jain have moved the Supreme Court seeking the mandatory use of the pre-installed microphone system. The petition submits that the non-usage not only violates fundamental rights but also creates hindrance in the administration of justice.

The petitioners had also filed an RTI application in July 2017, seeking to know reasons behind installation of the Mic system in the courtrooms in Supreme Court and the cost incurred in the installation. In response to the application, it was revealed that Rs 91.95 lakh had been incurred in the installation of mic system.

The Petition states that, ”It was during their internship at the apex court that they faced “great difficulty in transpiring the court proceedings…due to non-usage of already installed Mic-system in the overcrowded courtrooms. This difficulty continued to be with the Petitioners even when they appeared before this Hon’ble Court as litigants as they could not hear and see anything which violates their Right to Know under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India and principle of Open Court”.

Arguing for the right of media persons, the petitioners say, “The Media Correspondents also derive the fundamental right of Freedom of Press from Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. This right could only be well exercised in true letter and spirit when the correspondents get free and reasonable access to the court proceedings and in reporting the same to the public at large. The non-usage of the already installed Mic system by Justices and Advocates is also restricting the Media from reporting the court proceedings of this Hon’ble court especially when this Hon’ble Court gets over-crowded”.

The Petition also states that Advocates be allowed to argue only from places earmarked for the very purpose in every courtroom.

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