RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya has written to the Prime Minister's Office asking for the direct telecast of court proceedings in Ayodhya case for "larger public interest".
A letter has been signed and sent by Govindacharya, Bharat Vikas Sangam, Rastriya Swabhiman Andolan, and the think tank called the Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC), to the Cabinet Secretary Pramod Kumar Sinha asking the Centre to set up the infrastructure for the live streaming of proceedings.
The letter cites the Supreme Court judgement from September 26 where it directed for the live streaming matter of national constitutional importance. Calling the Ayodhya case the nation's oldest litigation, and describing it as one of prime importance to the country, Govindacharya and other signees make the request for live streaming of the case.
They also said that as per the think tank 25 crore people are affected due to the pending matters in the court, which amount to three crores.
They have requested the Centre to coordinate with relevant ministries to set up the infrastructure for live streaming of the proceedings from Chief Justice's court on the Ayodhya case.
The 5-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court decided that the Ayodhya case will next be taken up on January 29.
The Ayodhya case will next be taken up on January 29, after proceedings were hardly able to get off the ground during the much-awaited hearing on Thursday, on account of Justice UU Lalit having earlier appeared as a lawyer in a related case.
The Chief Justice of India, who is heading the 5-judge Constitution bench that has been constituted to hear the politically sensitive title dispute, clarified right at the start of proceedings that only a date and schedule were to be determined in the Thursday hearing.
CJI Gogoi then said, "Rajeev Dhawan has brought to our notice that Justice Lalit had appeared in a criminal case regarding the same issue on 1997. Although he has raised no objection, the final decision rests with the judge." He then gave background into the decision to constitute a 5-judge bench, saying that it was taken on an administrative side under the powers of the CJI.
The other hurdle involved translation of the copious amount of documentary material required by the bench. The CJI quantified these as follows: "A total of 88 witnesses have been examined. Documents run up to 13886 pages. Allahabad HC judgment runs into 4304 pages. Documents lying in 15 sealed trunks."
Following this, the CJI said that the case will be taken up again on January 29 for further orders. The Supreme Court registry was also asked to submit a report on by when all the documents can be translated and the filings can be complete to begin hearing the case.
A new 5-judge Constitution bench is now likely to be constituted.