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  • On 24 November, 2022, CJI D.Y. Chandrachud announced that the portal for filing applications to the Supreme Court under the Right To Information Act, 2005 has been made operational.
  • The CJI said, “Before we start with the mentioning, I wanted to say that the RTI portal is all ready. It will start working in 15 minutes.”
  • It was also added that people could reach out in case of any problem.
  • While hearing a petition seeking an online RTI portal, CJI answered it positively, saying it will be launched soon. He said, “The portal is completely ready. It would be launched any time now.”
  • The online RTI portal makes it convenient and easy for people to access information about Supreme Court.
  • Before the introduction of the online portal, RTI at Supreme Court was filed only by post.
  • The introduction of the online portal will help citizens file applications under RTI concerning matters of the court.
  • Various PILs were filed seeking an online RTI portal for the apex court. Students said that though the committee had provided a mechanism for filing online petitions, there was a lack of provisions for filing RTI applications.
  • The bench headed by CJI was hearing a petition filed by two law students, Akriti Agarwal and Lakshya Purohit where it was announced that the RTI online portal was “practically ready for being launched.”
  • The process for filing an RTI in Supreme Court follows the normal procedure like any other application.
  • The web portal can only be accessed by citizens of India for filing RTI applications, first appeals, and making fee payments or copying charges under the RTI Act.
  • The website notes a disclaimer that only those who want to obtain information on the Supreme Court can access and information other than that from public authorities is to be done using respective State or Central government portals.
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