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Are courts beyond RTI?

Hindrances on implementation of the Right to Information Act in the judiciary will come up for hearing in the Central Information Commission (CIC), reports Chetan Chauhan.

delhi Updated: Oct 19, 2008 01:14 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Hindrances on implementation of the Right to Information Act in the judiciary will come up for hearing in the Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday.

The commission will hear the government, along with several RTI activists, on whether the Right to Information Act is applicable to the Supreme Court and high court chief justices.

The courts have repeatedly maintained that they do not come under the purview of the RTI Act. RTI activists, however, say the RTI law does not exempt the judiciary from providing information, as is the case of intelligence agencies.

Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan had said that the RTI law did not apply to the office of the CJI.

The full Bench hearing is being held on an appeal of RTI activist Subhash Chandra Aggarwal, who was denied information regarding the judiciary on the ground that it was not covered under the RTI Act.