Office of Chief Justice comes under RTI

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday upheld its single bench order that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) comes within the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and details of judges assets should be revealed under that.

A bench comprising Chief Justice AP Shah and Justices S Muralidhar and Vikramjeet Sen said: “Higher the judiciary, higher is the accountability towards the public at large”.

Emphasising the importance of RTI, the bench said: “RTI has over-reaching impact. Citizens who require such information should not misuse the information, thus saving the independence of (the) judiciary.”

Earlier, a single judge bench of Delhi High Court had upheld the Chief Information Commission’s order stating that the Chief Justice of India’s office is a public authority and is under the purview of the Right To Information Act. The order was challenged in the high court.

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