No further questions need to be entertained under the Right to Information Act on the wealth details of the Supreme Court judges posted on its website, Delhi High Court observed on Thursday.
But the court said the 1997 resolution passed by the Supreme Court judges for declaring their assets was binding on them as it was part of the self-regulatory mechanism for the judiciary.
“There is no obligation to give further information under RTI other than what is on the website. What can be disclosed is only the information with the Chief Justice of India,” it said.
The oral remarks from a special three-judge bench came during the hearing of an appeal filed by the Supreme Court, challenging a single judge ruling that the office of the Chief Justice of India comes under the purview of the RTI Act.
It surely left Attorney General G.E. Vahanavati, defending the Supreme Court, beaming. “If your lordships hold that further information cannot be sought then I’m happy. This exactly was our main concern,” he told the bench headed by Chief Justice A.P. Shah.