Supreme Court judges have withdrawn details of their personal bank accounts made public on the court’s official website as part of their assets declaration.
Delivering the inaugural address at the Cyber Law Enforcement Programme and National Consultation Meeting, Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan said the judges were forced to withdraw these details after being cautioned about its possible misuse.
The CJI said: “...I got a letter from a person (asking us) please do not disclose your bank account…within days your entire money will be taken by somebody else. It is very easy to take money from your personal accounts using all these computer technologies...”
Justice Balakrishnan said it was also suggested to judges to change their account details.
“This is only after that letter we came to know how a small mistake of ours could land us in trouble,” the CJI said.
“The means that enable the free flow of information across borders, however, also give rise to a worryingly high incidence of irresponsible behaviour. Any technology is capable of beneficial use as well as misuse. It is the job of the legal system and regulatory agencies to ensure that newer technologies do not become tools of exploitation and harassment,” the CJI said. He also suggested a ban on websites circulating pornographic material.
Incidentally, the CJI had not given bank account details on the SC website.