RTI disclosures: Supreme Court reserves order

RTI disclosures: Supreme Court reserves order

Agency News

New Delhi, Apr 4: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgment on a batch of appeals seeking a direction with respect to the disclosure under the Right To Information Act of material pertaining to appointment of judges and their assets.

Headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the five-judge Constitution Bench heard detailed submissions from the petitioners, including senior counsel Prashant Bhushan, Attorney-General K K Venugopal and other respective parties in the case.

The apex court will now decide whether the office of the Chief Justice of India can come under the purview of the 2005 law.

Mr Bhushan sought a direction that the office of CJI should come under the ambit of RTI. Every step towards transparency, he submitted, engenders greater public confidence in the institution, be it the publication of the collegium resolutions or the roster or even the list of candidates for Senior designation.

He cited Reserve Bank of India vs Jayantilal Mistry case on the subject of fiduciary relationship and sought a direction. The AG opposed the plea on the grounds that there were certain facts which could not be disclosed under the RTI Act. (UNI)