Chief Justice of India under the ambit of Right to Information( RTI)

Prashant Bhushan argued in the court- Top court should not judge its own cause.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 13 November held that office of Chief Justice of India comes under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was hearing the case.

The Supreme court ruled that the office of Chief Justice of India is a public authority.

The Supreme Court pronounced the historic judgement on the petitions challenging the Delhi High Court verdict bringing the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) within the ambit of RTI Act.

In a landmark verdict on January 10, 2010, the Delhi High Court had held that the office of the chief justice of India comes within the ambit of the RTI law, saying judicial independence was not a judge’s privilege, but a responsibility cast upon him.

The bench, headed by the chief justice, had wrapped up the hearing, saying nobody wants a “system of opaqueness”, but the judiciary cannot be destroyed in the name of transparency.

This judgement was construed as a personal attack on the then Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, who had objected to divulging information in connection with judges under the RTI Act.

The judgement was reserved on 4 April on the appeals filed in 2010 by the Secretary-General of the apex court and its central public information officer challenging the Delhi High Court and the central information commission’s (CIC’s) orders.

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