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SC Registry at no fault in denying IT return of judges: CIC

The Central Information Commission has dismissed an RTI plea seeking details of income-tax returns filed by the judges of the Supreme Court, saying the apex court would not be "holding these details".



New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has dismissed an RTI plea seeking details of
income-tax returns filed by the judges of the Supreme Court,
saying the apex court would not be "holding these details".

"It should be clear that it is not the Supreme Court that
would hold information on the income tax returns of High Court
judges even at the time of their elevation as Supreme Court
judges, coming as they are, from different states in the
country," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah
said while hearing the plea of an RTI applicant.

Applicant Lal Bahadur had sought to know income tax
return details of the judges along with date and amount of
returns filed by them at the time of elevation as High Court
judges and also date and amount of returns filed at the time
of elevation as a Supreme Court judge.

The application was first transferred by the Supreme
Court to Law Ministry which again reverted it.

Habibullah said the minister had "erred" in sending the
application back to the apex court. He said the ministry
should have forwarded it to Department of Revenue for the
details.

"The Registry of Supreme Court thus cannot be faulted for
having transferred the application that seeks information held
by government to its own administrative ministry in
government, since the SC is not a department or organisation
under the control of the government and is not expected to
hold the information," he said.

PTI

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