Supreme court news: The office of the Chief Justice will be within the purview of RTI

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Supreme court news: The office of the Chief Justice (CJI) of the Indian Supreme Court will now be under the purview of RTI.

The Constitutional Bench of the apex court ruled on Wednesday.

In keeping with the Delhi High Court's decision, the court has said that transparency does not affect judicial independence.

The constitutional bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprises Justice NV Ramanna, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjeev Khanna. The Constitutional Bench had reserved the verdict in the case on April 4.

The court said that the right to privacy and privacy is an important thing and that it should be balanced when giving information from the Chief Justice's office.

The matter came before the Supreme Court when the Secretary General of the Supreme Court appealed against the Delhi High Court order in January 2010, in which the CJI's office was considered under RTI.

The High Court in its order had conveyed to CJI's office a 'public authority' under section 2 (h) of the RTI Act.

The entire case started when RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal had petitioned the Chief Justice's office to bring him under the purview of RTI.

Welcoming the verdict, Subhash Chandra Agwal told BBC Hindi, "There are two parts of the judicial system, one judiciary and the other administration. The judiciary has not been in RTI before and will not happen now. It will be applicable in administrative proceedings today. It became clear that the CJI's office is also subject to RTI from an administrative purpose. "
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What is the whole matter?

RTI activist, founding member of Laborer Kisan Shakti Sangatha Rajasthan and co-convener of the People's Rights Movement of Information (NCPRI), who is fighting for the rights of the common people, informed Nikhil Day of this whole case, saying that under RTI it was asked. It was whether the judges of the Supreme Court gave their property information to the Supreme Court.

He states, "The Supreme Court Registry refused to give this information. The Information Commission has stated that it is a public office and therefore you have to give information. In the appeal, the matter went to the High Court. Ironically, the Supreme The court went to the High Court in its appeal, first a bench of the High Court said then the Full Bench said that the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court would come under the authority of information and these information Property eni also have to pay more to be announced. "

"After that, the Supreme Court again went to the appeal itself. Where the case was heard while restraining the High Court verdict and now this decision is coming."

Nikhil Dey says, "The Supreme Court will want to start its own right of transparency and information. The court cannot completely avoid RTI. There is a question of appointing judges. The college sits here. After discussing the decision, the decision is sent to the government. "There has been talk of transparency in this too. There is a question about the Chief Justice's office."
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Who does not come under RTI?

When this law was made it was written that 'except for a few exceptions' it applies to all.

Exceptions that have been talked about are covered under Section 8 of the Indian Constitution.

There are some exceptions to national security, privacy or where the investigation of a criminal case may be affected. Everything else falls under the right to information.

"Except for some intelligence and securities agencies under section 24 of Indian law, it has been said that information has to be given in the case of corruption and human rights," says Nikhil Day.

He says, "The law is very broad. Its scope is very broad. So if a Supreme Court office or Supreme Court is out of it, it does not arise."
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Right to Information

The first RTI statute was introduced in Sweden in 1766. France implemented it in 1978 and Canada implemented it in its home country in 1982. In India, this law was introduced in 2005.

In Sweden, the right to information is free and immediate, while in India, under the RTI, there is a time period of one month for getting answers. However, in terms of freedom and life, 48 hours is the time of the day.

If the information is still not obtained or you are not satisfied with the information received, you can make the first appeal to the first appellate officer restored in the same office within the next 30 days.

If you are not satisfied here, you can make a second appeal or complaint to the State or Central Information Commission anytime within the next 90 days.

As per the rule, these complaints and appeals have to be resolved within 45 days to the Information Commissioner.