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Chronology: Declaration of assets

india Updated: Nov 02, 2009 20:59 IST

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Following is the chronology of events in the run up to declaration of assets by Supreme Court Judges:

Nov 11, 2007: RTI activist Subhash C Aggarwal files plea in the Supreme Court seeking information on judges' assets.

Nov 30, 2007: Information denied in the reply to him.

Dec 8, 2007: First appeal filed at SC's registry against denial of information.

Jan 12, 2008: First appeal dismissed by SC's registry.

March 5, 2008: Aggarwal approaches CIC.

Jan 6, 2009: CIC asks SC to disclose information on Judges' assets on the ground that CJI's office comes within the ambit of RTI Act.

Jan 17, 2009: SC moves Delhi High Court against CIC order.

Jan 19, 2009: Delhi High Court stays CIC order and asks noted constitutional expert Fali S Nariman to assist it in deciding the legal issue. Nariman, however, refuses to assist the court saying he is of the view that judges must declare their assets and he would not be impartial in the case.

Feb 26, 2009: SC says declaration of assets by its judges to Chief Justice are "personal" information which cannot be revealed under the RTI Act.

Mar 17, 2009: SC says its judges are not averse to declaring their assets and Parliament can enact a law pertaining to such declaration but it must be ensured the law is not misused.

Mar 24, 2009: HC says judges cannot be treated like politicians on asset declaration

May 1, 2009: Delhi High Court Bar Association moves impleadment application in HC saying judges should voluntarily declare assets.

May 4, 2009: SC says too much transparency can affect independence of judiciary.

May 4, 2009: HC reserves order on SC plea.

Aug 28, 2009: CJI says apex court judges decided to declare their assets voluntarily and will put details on website.

Sep 2, 2009: HC upholds CIC's order and says office of CJI falls under RTI Act and information with regard to assets can be made public.

Oct 5, 2009: SC challenges HC's order on judges' assets declaration before a division bench.

Oct, 2009: HC fixes November 12 and 13 for hearing and deciding the Supreme Court's plea.

Nov 2, 2009: SC registry put on website details of assets of CJI and 20 other judges. But details of Justice HS Bedi's assets not put on portal.