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SC yet to decide on challenging RTI ruling

delhi Updated: Jan 24, 2010 00:42 IST
Satya Prakash
Satya Prakash
Hindustan Times
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Eleven days after Delhi High Court ruled that the Chief Justice of India’s office came under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Supreme Court is still undecided on challenging it.

“So far no decision has been taken to challenge the high court verdict,” Supreme Court secretary-general M.P. Bhadran told HT.

“We are not in a hurry because the high court has granted a certificate that it is a fit case for appeal and we have 60 days to challenge the verdict,” Bhadran said. “It is still under consideration.”

Attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati, who represented the Supreme Court before the high court, told HT: “The Supreme Court has not communicated its decision to me regarding filing of appeal against the Delhi High Court’s verdict on RTI.

“We can file the appeal only after the Supreme Court takes a decision in this regard,” he added.

Delhi High Court had on January 12 held that the office of the Chief Justice of India came under the purview of the RTI act. The verdict was seen as a setback for CJI K.G. Balakrishnan who had maintained that his office did not come under the RTI act.