The Supreme Court has ruled that the office of Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the purview of the Right to Information Act.
In doing so, the top court upheld the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict that had declared the CJI’s office a “public authority” within the meaning of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act, 2005.
This comes after petitions challenged the Delhi High Court's decision of bringing the CJI office under the Act in 2010. The judgment had reserved on 4 April earlier this year. The appeal against the 2010 HC judgment had filed by the Secretary-General of the apex court and its central public information officer (CPIO).
The judgment has given by the five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The bench had said, “Nobody wants to remain in the state of darkness or keep anybody in the same... but, the question which is before us, is that in the name of transparency, you can’t destroy the institution.”