J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Full Court of the Supreme Court would decide on filing an appeal against the three-judge Bench judgment of the Delhi High Court holding that the office of Chief Justice of India would come within the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

The CJI indicated this while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a farewell function organised for Justice Tarun Chatterjee, who retired on Wednesday. The CJI said that he had not read the judgment and he had seen only newspaper reports.

Asked whether an appeal would be filed in the Supreme Court against the judgment, the CJI said that last time (when the Central Information Commission directed disclosure of information on appointment of judges), the Full Court met and decided to appeal. Asked whether this time also the Full Court would meet, he said “yes.”

On Tuesday, the High Court dismissed an appeal from the Secretary-General of the Supreme Court challenging the decision of a single judge who held that the office of the CJI and the Registry were not different entities and the CJI was bound to furnish information in his possession pertaining to the judges. The three-judge Bench upheld this decision.