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The judgment of the Apex  Court that brings the office of Chief Justice of India under the domain of the Right to Information Act will give a stimulus to people’s pursuit for transparency and accountability. Analyse.

Topic:  Supreme Court

2. The judgment of the Apex  Court that brings the office of Chief Justice of India under the domain of the Right to Information Act will give a stimulus to people’s pursuit for transparency and accountability. Analyse. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian polity by Lakshmikant , The Print

Why the question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper II.

Key Demand of the question:

The fact that too much transparency can affect the independence of the judiciary, the office of CJI has been brought under the domain of RTI. One has to bring out the significance of such a move.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Talk about the importance of balancing transparency and judicial independence.

 Body:

The Supreme Court of India upheld the Delhi High Court judgment of 2010 which stated that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) would come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), as CJI is a ‘public authority’ under the RTI Act.

Explain how such a decision has opened up the doors for enhanced transparency in the judiciary as earlier higher judiciary in India has been criticized for its opaqueness under the doctrine of judicial independence.

Present the significance of the verdict in detail.

Account for associated concerns/challenges any.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance of such a decision.

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