New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused
to disclose the details of the proposed foreign visits of the
Chief Justice of India, which were later cancelled, saying it
will be a breach of personal information.
Replying to an RTI application filed by S C Agrawal,
the Supreme Court Registry said that information was exempted
from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.
The section cited by Chief Public Information Officer
Raj Pal Arora says: "Information which relates to personal
information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any
public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted
invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central
Public Information Officer or the State Public Information
Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is
satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the
disclosure of such information.
"Provided that the information which cannot be denied
to Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to
any person," it said.
Agrawal had sought information about the proposed
visit of a high-level delegation comprising CJI K G
Balakrishnan, Law Minister Veerappa Moily and Attorney General
G E Vahanvati to Georgia University from April 2 to 4 to
participate in a discussion.
He had asked for the copy of the invitation by the
Dean, Rusk Centre for International Legal Studies at
University of Georgia to the Chief Justice of India, copy of
requisition by CJI or his office for a foreign-trip to visit
He had also asked for the copy of a caution-letter
against the proposed visit by Secretary (West) Vivek Katju in
External Affairs Ministry along with inputs from Indian
consulate at Atlanta and letter of opting out of the proposed
visit by the CJI.