Central Information Commission and Chief Justice of India disagree

January 17th, 2009 - 6:52 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 17(ANI): The Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan, is in disagreement with the Central Information Commissions (CIC) order on making assets of its judges available to the public and is not relenting on his stand that judges are not bound to disclose their wealth.

He is taking the stand that even when the judges submit their declarations to the Chief Justice about their wealth, they do so on the basis of confidence and the submissions were not public documents.

The CIC had on January 6 had directed the central PIO of the SC to furnish information as to whether any declaration of assets had been filed by SC judges or not.

Justice Balakrishnan has pointed out that Supreme Court does come under the purview of the RTI Act and for this purpose an information officer has been appointed. But the information submitted to the Chief Justice by the judges on the basis of confidence were not public documents, and the Act does not bind him to disclose the information with him.

Under the Indian Constitution the Supreme Court has the final say on the interpretation of any law. (ANI)

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