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Delhi High Court Bar backs CIC order

Staff Reporter

On disclosure of assets by judges of Supreme Court, High Courts



The resolution said the judges should set an example of fair conduct



NEW DELHI: Joining the issue of disclosure of assets by judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts and their family members to bring in transparency and accountability in the judiciary, the Delhi High Court Bar Association has adopted a resolution in support of the Central Information Commission’s orders.

The Commission in its orders this past November had directed the Supreme Court Registry to provide information to a Right to Information activist on whether judges of the apex court and the high courts had declared their assets.

Refusing to provide the information on the ground that the information sought was not in the public domain and as such the application filed by the RTI applicant was not at all maintainable, the Supreme Court Registry last week moved the Delhi High Court against the Commission’s orders.

The High Court, meanwhile, has stayed the operation of the Commission’s orders.

The Bar Association under its president K.C. Mittal also decided to move a petition in the High Court to intervene in the pending petition against the Commission’s orders.

The resolution said the judges should set an example of fair conduct by declaring their assets and those of their families.

The resolution said certain developments in the judiciary over the past few years like the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam involving some judges of the Allahabad High Court and a judge of the Supreme Court and an alleged attempt to bribe a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge had shaken the common man’s faith in the judiciary.

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