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Lawyers welcome Delhi HC's decision on CJI office

Lawyers welcome Delhi HC's decision on CJI office


PTI, 12 January 2010, 01:54pm IST


NEW DELHI: Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday termed as "historic" the verdict of the Delhi High Court holding the office of the ChiefJustice of India within the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act.

"It is a very historic judgement by the High Court which will certainly enhance the stature of judiciary in the country," Bhushan, who has been appearing for the RTI activist Subash C Agarwal seeking judges to declare their assets, said.

In a landmark verdict against the Supreme Court, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday held that the office of the Chief Justice of India comes within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) law.

He said the decision has not only rejected the argument that the office of the Chief Justice does not come under the purview of the RTI Act but also emphasised that the code of conduct and "asset declaration is fully enforceable."

"The judgement has emphatically emphasised that the code of conduct and asset declaration is fully enforceable and that every exercise of power by the judiciary and by the Chief Justice whether in its administrative capacity or in judicial capacity is accountable and comes within the purview of the RTI Act," he said.

Subhash C Agarwal, RTI activist who sought the judges to make their assets public, said the verdict is a "victory for consumers of justice."

"I have done nothing more than fighting for justice... I am a victim of misconduct in higher judiciary," he said.


Source: Times of India




 2 Replies

Vijayarajan (Executive Director)     13 January 2010

A land mark judgement! How the  supreme court can hear an appeal in which supreme court is a party?!

Isaac Gabriel (Advocate)     13 January 2010

Ceacer's wife shoud be out of suspicion. Time is changing and so the judicial preogatives is taking new turn to see transparency in Administration and judiciary.If agitated it may create a stigma about the higher echelons.

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