On Wednesday Supreme Court ruled that India's Chief Justice (CJI) office is a public authority under the Right to Information Act.
Justice Sanjiv Khanna, reading the verdict, said that the public interest demands that accountability be upheld.
“Transparency does not undermine judicial independence,” the judge, who is also in the line of succession to be the CJI, was quoted as stating in reports.
The order was passed by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
Judges N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna are other members of the bench.
On April 4, a five-judge constitutional bench had reserved its verdict on the appeals lodged by the Secretary General of the Supreme Court and his central public information officer in 2010 against the orders of the high court and the Central Information Commission (CIC).
Updated by: News Sources 2019-11-14 1:18 PM