CIC order on SC verdicts data stayed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 20:20
New Delhi: A CIC order asking the Supreme Court registry to compile and maintain data on period for which the apex court keeps its verdicts reserved before pronouncing them and supply the same to information seeker, was stayed by the Delhi High Court on Monday.

While staying the Central Information Commission's August 3 order, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also issued a notice to transparency activist Commodore (retired) Lokesh K Batra and sought his stand on the apex court registry's plea against the Commission's order.

The apex court's registry has moved the High Court against the Commission's order saying the same was without jurisdiction.

Appearing for the Supreme Court Registry, Attorney General G E Vahanvati said "there does not exist any separate compilation of list of cases where arguments have been heard and orders reserved."

Seeking quashing of the CIC order, Vahanvati contended "CIC cannot direct to create a document which does not exist. Only documents which are existing and held by public authority are accessible under the RTI Act."

"The direction of CIC to create compilation is entirely without jurisdiction," he said.

Moving the High Court against the CIC order through counsel Maneesha Dhir, the apex court registry said the entire data relating to pending cases was already in the Supreme Court's website and is updated on a monthly basis.


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 20:20

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