Wednesday, January 13, 2010

HC order unlikely to make SC yield

Much as it may seem to boost transparency, the reiteration on Tuesday by a larger bench of the Delhi high court that the CJI’s office came under the purview of RTI is unlikely to provide any greater access to information on the judiciary than whatever little is currently available from the Supreme Court’s registry. For, in keeping with a stay imposed by it last month on a related order of the Central Information Commission (CIC), the Supreme Court may intercept the high court order as well once its registry appeals against it. CJI K G Balakrishnan has made no secret of his hostility to CIC’s view that the Supreme Court was liable to disclose even the records held exclusively in his office, unless the information in question fell under any of the 10 categories of information exempted by Section 8 of RTI Act.

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