Saturday, November 14, 2009

Judges independence should be safegaurded: Attorney General G E Vahavati

The Supreme Court told the Delhi High Court that rights of Judiciary should be safeguarded while seeking any query under the Right To Information Act. Attorney General G E Vahanvati, who was arguing a case relating to the disclosure of Judges assets under the RTI Act, told the court, `There is no doubt that the public has a right to know but at the same time, what about the rights and privileges granted to the judges?' The Judiciary's rights should also be protected and proper safeguards should be made so that the information sought is not misused, Mr Vahanvati contended.
The information which is within the control of a public authority should be given under the Right To Information (RTI) Act but, at the same time, the consideration of independence of judiciary should be kept in mind, he said. A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah, Justices S Muralidhar and Vikramjit Sen heard the arguments of an appeal filed by the Supreme Court registry challenging the Delhi High Court's Single Judge order, which states that office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) comes within the purview of the RTI Act.

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