Thursday, November 18, 2010

Apex court reserves ruling on RTI plea on judges' posting

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved the verdict on its own petition challenging the Central Information Commission's (CIC) order directing the chief justice of India to give details on the appointment of three apex court judges. While reserving the order, the apex court bench of Justice B Sudershan Reddy and Justice SS Nijjar said that it would also consider a suggestion by Attorney General GE Vahanvati that the entire matter be referred to the constitution bench. The court was hearing a petition by the central public information officer of the apex court challenging the CIC order which directed the then chief justice KG Balakrishnan to make public details about the appointment of the three judges. The CIC passed its order last year on an application by activist SC Aggrawal under the right to information (RTI) law seeking details on the appointment Justice HL Dattu, Justice AK Ganguly and Justice RM Lodha. All the three judges were elevated to the apex court superseding their seniors.

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