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India’s Top Judge Also Under “Right to Information Act,” Says Supreme Court

India’s Top Judge Also Under “Right to Information Act,” Says Supreme Court

NEW DELHI - In a landmark judgment, India's supreme court on Wednesday held that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), the top judge in the country, was a public authority and came under the transparency law the "Right to Information (RTI) Act."The supreme court's judgment came while hearing petitions challenging a similar order by the Delhi High Court in January 2010."Transparency doesn't undermine judicial independency," observed the supreme court while upholding the Delhi High Court judgment which ruled that office of CJI comes under the purview of RTI.The landmark judgment was delivered by the five-judge constitution bench, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, while other members included Justices N.V. Ramana, D.Y. Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.The apex court's judgment, however, said that the right to privacy and confidentiality was an important aspect and had to be balanced while taking a decision on giving out information from the CJI's office. (Xinhua)