The Central Information Commission has taken a good step. It has asked the Justice Department to furnish details regarding appointments and promotions in higher judiciary. Now, even the Supreme Court should be asked to do so.
IT IS a matter of great satisfaction that Department of Justice has ultimately tuned in for greater transparency towards matters relating to appointment and complaints of judges in higher courts.
This has come about after Central Information Commission gave directions for providing information on aspects such as overlooking seniority in appointments and promotion in higher judiciary. Earlier Department of Justice used to cite various exemptions under RTI Act in making such information public. Only few days back, Department of Justice provided all information with detailed lists relating to seniority aspects concerning appointment/promotion in higher judiciary. Now it has provided a copy of complaints against the then Chief Justice of a High Court who has since been promoted as a judge of Supreme Court. Other public authorities including the Supreme Court registry should also be more transparent under RTI Act. It becomes senseless if Supreme Court registry avoids providing information that the Union government provides if approached through the Department of Justice. Consuming valuable time of an already over-burdened Central Information Commission for seeking such directions unnecessarily causes loss of time and money for the public exchequer.