Monday, December 08, 2008

Millions spent on flying SC judges abroad

The high priests of India's highest judiciary appear to have a fondness for flying high, suggests a Supreme Court account of foreign jaunts undertaken by its judges.
According to information divulged by the apex court under the Right To Information (RTI) act, present Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan undertook 12 foreign jaunts from 2005 till now, costing the public exchequer a whopping Rs 7.53 million (Rs 75.3 lakh) on airfares alone. Nine of these trips were taken after he became chief justice in January 2007 and three while he was a Supreme Court judge. This amount does not take into account other expenses like boarding, the justice department said in its reply to RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya.

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