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Will CJI Rajan Gogoi Come Under The Ambit Of Right to Information (RTI)?

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will decide on Wednesday whether the office of the Chief Justice of India will fall under the RTI Act.

The Constitution Bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, headed by Chief Justice CJI Ranjan Gogoi will decide. Notice of declaration of judgment was made public on the official website of the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon.

A petition in this regard was filed by the Supreme Court Secretary General challenging the January 2010 decision of the High Court, declaring that the office of the Chief Justice was a “public authority” and that it was subject to the RTI Act. Should come within the scope of however, the order was reserved on April 4.

Chief Justice CJI Rajan Gogoi had earlier observed that no organization can destroy the name of transparency.

The case is the case of 2007 when RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal filed an RTI in the court seeking information on the assets of the judges. His request was rejected. Agarwal then approached the Central Information Commission (CIC), which asked the court to disclose the information. Later, a petition was filed against the order in the Delhi High Court in January 2009 but was later upheld.

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