New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday
dismissed the plea of a RTI applicant seeking disclosure of
"religion and faith" of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her
children under the Right to Information Act.
A bench of justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik
upheld the Punjab and Haryana High Court order which had said
that such informations cannot be revealed as it would amount
to encroachment on their privacy.
The Bench dismissed the appeal of former Haryana DGP PC Wadhwa seeking details of religion and faith mentioned by
Sonia Gandhi and her children during the last census under the
RTI from the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the
office of Registrar General, Census Operations, under the
Union Home Ministry.
Senior Advocate MN Krishnamani, appearing for the
petitioner, pleaded that there was nothing wrong in disclosing
such information by the government as they were public
figures, who had projected certain public image regarding
their religion and faith.
Wadhwa had first approached the Central Information
Commission (CIC) after the government refused to part away
with the information but it was rejected in year 2008.
He then moved the High Court which also refused to
give any relief to him and dismissed his plea.
The High Court, while passing the order in November
last, had said, "It is evident that the petitioner is making
efforts to make unjustified inroads into the privacy of the
individuals even if they are public figure and consequently
the information cannot be made public."