The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, ruled that the office of Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the purview of the transparency law, Right to Information Act (RTI). “Transparency doesn’t undermine judicial independence,” the Supreme Court said while upholding the Delhi High Court judgment which ruled that the office of the Chief Justice comes under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).
A five-judge bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna announced the judgment on an appeal filed by the SC administration challenging the 2010 order of the Delhi High Court.
Justice Ramanna said, "The judiciary must be protected from surveillance. RTI can be used as a tool to keep an eye on the judiciary."