In A First, Deaf Lawyer Argues Supreme Court Case In Sign Language (India)

Deaf lawyer Sara Sunny argued a case using an interpreter in the Supreme Court

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court for the first time heard a case argued by a deaf lawyer via an interpreter using sign language.

The control room that managed virtual proceedings had declined to give screen space to Sara Sunny. Soon, her interpreter Saurabh Roy Choudhary appeared on the screen when the turn for their hearing came and Mr Choudhary started his arguments before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, reading from the sign language that Ms Sunny gave.

Chief Justice Chandrachud then instructed the control room and the interpreter to give screen space to Ms Sunny. After this, both appeared on the screen and made their arguments before the Supreme Court.

Ms Sunny’s appearance was arranged by advocate-on-record Sanchita Ain.

Chief Justice Chandrachud has been calling for ensuring equal access to justice. Last year, he ordered a detailed accessibility audit of the Supreme Court complex to make the justice system more accessible and to understand the challenges faced by differently abled people when they come to the court.

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