Apex court can’t be outside RTI purview

THE Supreme Court has issued notices against two separate directions by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to keep itself beyond the clutches of the Rights to Information (Act) for now. In response to an application by a citizen under the RTI Act, the CIC recently directed the apex court to disclose the pertinent information related to the elevation of three judges to the highest court, allegedly superseding other deserving senior candidates.

The Delhi High Court has recently ruled that information about judges’ assets may also be obtained from the Apex Court since the office of the CJI is a “public office” and fall under the ambit of the RTI Act. Unfortunately, it appears that the Supreme Court does not share the same view as it has already filed an appeal against the Delhi High Court decision.

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