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For 1st time in History: Supreme Court starts live-stream proceedings

A petition has sought the deregistration of political parties who offer freebies during and after elections

For 1st time in History: Supreme Court starts live-stream proceedings
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The Supreme Court today called for an expert committee and an all-party meeting to discuss on freebies.

The order was live-streamed in a historic first to mark outgoing Chief Justice N V Ramana's last day. The freebies case was among 20 hearings streamed for the first time from the Chief Justice's court.

A petition has sought the de- registrations of political parties who offer freebies during and after elections.

Chief Justice Ramana said, there can be no denying fact that in electoral democracy, the true power lies with the electorate. The electorate judges the parties and candidates.

The outgoing Chief Justice said a three-judge bench would decide on a petition seeking the reconsideration of a 2013 judgment in a similar case.

That order had said that free TVs or laptops announced during elections is not a corrupt practice and is related to Directive Principles of State Policy for welfare of citizens.

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