The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) comes under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The five-judge bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna pronounced the verdict with a 3:2 majority.
The Supreme Court has made it clear that the CJI office is also a government agency and should be covered under the RTI Act. To this extent, the Delhi High Court upheld the judgment. However, the court held that in the name of transparency, the independence of the judiciary cannot be reduced
In January 2010, the Delhi High Court ruled that the CJI office would also be covered by the RTI.
The Supreme Court Secretary-General and the Court's central public information officer have challenged the Supreme Court challenging the ruling. The five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, held hearings on the petitions on April 4 this year. Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjeev Khanna were members of the panel.