SC collegium considering use of blog and twitter by judges

The SC collegium is considering whether the issue of some HC judges airing their views through blogs and twitter is against the code of conduct for judiciary.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 21:12 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium is
considering whether the issue of some High Court judges airing
their views through blogs and twitter is against the code of
conduct for judiciary.

The disclosure was made by Law Ministry which provided its
correspondence, in an RTI reply, with the Supreme Court on a
Parliament question in which an MP had asked whether the
Government of India was aware that some High Court judges were
airing their voice through blogs and twitter.

The MP had also sought to know if the practice was against
the code of conduct of judiciary and, if so, what preventive
measures were being taken to check this trend.

The Law Ministry to whom these question were directed
forwarded them to Supreme Court.

The apex court in its reply to the ministry said it was
for the government to answer the first part which said whether
Government of India was aware that at present some High Court
judges are airing their voice through blogs and twitter.

For the remaining part, the Supreme Court said, "the
matter is being considered by the Collegium in the light of
the Resolution ib "Restatement of Values of Judicial Life" as
adopted by the Supreme Court in the Full Court meeting held on
May 7, 1997."

While the Law Ministry made its correspondence with the
Supreme Court available to activist S C Agrawal but when he
posed the same questions before apex court the RTI application
was rejected by the Central Public Information Officer.

"Information in the nature sought by you are confidential
and are exempted under section 8(1)(c) of the Right to
Information Act 2005, and you have no right to access such
information...Besides the information is not held by or under
the control of the CPIO, Supreme Court of India," Smita Vats
Sharma, Central Public Information Officer said.

The section cited by the CPIO exempts from disclosure the
information which would cause a breach of privilege of
Parliament or the State Legislature.

PTI