The arguments put forth by the Attorney General, of the need to not have the judiciary under the ambit of the Right to Information Act are strange. Judicial exclusivity had never been envisaged by any of our Constitution makers. With the allegations made recently about the judiciary’s functioning, the RTI Act would serve as a master tool, making the justice delivery mechanism more immune to political pressure and accountable to the people. People have the right to know how the judiciary functions (Page 1, “‘RTI scrutiny will ruin judicial independence”, April 4).
The attempt by the judiciary to wriggle out of the RTI radar is unacceptable. The arguments given in support of this are unconvincing. They equally apply to other civil servants. Therefore, the judiciary cannot claim preferential treatment. Instead, the judiciary should set an example by abiding by the RTI Act rather than finding excuses for not releasing information. How can there be an argument then to make sure the RTI Act applies to political parties?
R. Vidya Sagar,